The Cocos Malay people of Home Island in the Cocos Keeling Islands have a history of isolation from the outside world. Few outsiders have lived among them and little has been recorded of their cultural practices and traditions.

The tiny society of about 600 people has been held together for more than 150 years by geographical isolation, shared religious beliefs, strong family loyalty and a unique version of the old 'Trading Malay' language of the East Indies.