Jawas were typically short rodent-like natives of Tatooine. They were passionate scavengers, seeking out technology for sale or trade in the deep deserts in their huge sandcrawler transports. A band of Jawas was responsible for locating c-3po and R2-D2 and selling them to Luke Skywalker's uncle, Owen Lars. 

They have a reputation for swindling, as they have a penchant for selling old equipment such as outdated faulty droids. However, they were extremely passive beings, and hardly put up any resistance to colonists of their planet unlike the other natives the Sand People, instead seeing foreigners as an excellent business opportunity.