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The Most Dangerous Island on Earth - North Sentinel Island

Throughout human history a typical theme has been the domination of more technologically advanced societies over “simpler” or “more primitive” ones. In fact in the past 500 years, European societies would come to dominate the world, spreading their culture, often through force of arms or outright genocide.  More often than not, the meeting of Old World peoples with New World natives tended to end very badly for the natives. Many cultures were wiped out, many more assimilated or adapted their cultures with European culture. Today there are few places where people living have not in some way been touched by the modern world. One notable exception is North Sentinel Island, located in the Bay of Bengal.

Officially North Sentinel Island is territory of India, part of the Andaman Islands. In reality the people of North Sentinel Island are their own people, free from any known government or modern organization.  Apparently, the Sentinelese are very much happy to keep it that way. Throughout their entire known history, the Sentinelese have been known to viciously fight against any trespass or incursion on their small island. Going back to ancient times the Indians called the island “Cannibal Island”, and told many tales of the dangerous and ruthless natives who inhabited it. Those tales were passed on to the ancient Greeks after the invasion of northern India by Alexander the Great, and thus the infamous legends of the island were mention by Ptolemy. Marco Polo recieved word of the island during his travels to China, writing about the islanders, “They are a most violent and cruel generation who seem to eat everybody they catch.” 

Since then, every expedition to island has been met with extreme hostility, and as a result the island has been left untouched to this day. Throughout the 16th-18th centuries many an explorer or shipwrecked sailor met their end on the island at the hands of the Sentinelese. In 1867 a British merchant ship shipwrecked on the island, and its surviivg 110 man crew spent several days fighting off the islanders with guns and swords. Many were killed and wounded in the battle before rescue. This prompted an expedition of reprisal by the Royal Navy who landed marines on the island a short time later. Most of the Sentinelese had disappeared into hiding, knowing that they couldn’t fight a battle against such overwhelming force. In the end the British left in frustration with two elderly Sentinelese and four children.

Today the idea of angry natives attacking shipwrecked sailors or explorers might be something you’d only see in a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, however Sentinelese resistance to the outside world continued so that even in the 20th century people tended to steer clear of the island. In 1974 a film crew from National Geographic landed on the island in modern boats in an attempt to make contact with the islanders with peace offerings of a box of coconuts, a baby doll, and a live pig. The Sentinelese met the crew fully armed and ready for war. As a result, a the National Geographic director took an arrow to the knee, the pig was mutilated alive, and the crew was forced to bug out under a hail of arrows and spears. 

In 1981 the cargo ship Primrose shipwrecked on the island, and the Sentinelese immediately surrounded the ship, shooting at the crew with bows and several times attempting to board the ship. The crew not only radioed for help, but asked for an urgent airdrop of firearms so they could defend themselves. The drop was delayed by weather but the crew were able to fend off the attacks with a pistol, firefighting axes, and flare guns. They were rescued after a week long siege. The Sentinelese dismantled much of the ship and used the scrap iron for arrow and spearheads. It’s remaining hull can still be seen from google earth.

The only known man to peacefully visit the island was an anthropologist named Trilokinath Prandit in 1991, who several times landed on the island with gifts which he left upon the beach.  When he did meet the natives they shot arrows at him and waved their genitals at him. However at one point he was able to make peaceful contact with some of the natives. However as as he left the island, the natives had a change of heart and began shooting arrows at him once more, he hasn’t been back since.

Today North Sentinelese Island is protected by the Indian Government and it is illegal to land there. The reasons for this are to keep the Sentinelese culture intact, and prevent the spread of disease from the island. Note that in history native peoples often suffered deadly diseases after making contact with newcomers. Another reason for creating a 3 mile exclusionary zone around the island is because in 2006 two drunk fisherman landed on the island and were murdered. Thus the Indian Government set up the contact ban to protect outsiders from the Sentinelese as much as protecting the Sentinelese from the outside world. In 2004 an Indian Coast Guard helicopter flew over the island to see if the Setinelese were OK after the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake, and to offer help if needed. The helicopter found that the Sentinelese were not only OK after the tsunami, but didn’t want anything any aid at all as they fired arrows at the helicopter.

 Today we still no nothing about the language, culture, and ethnicity of the Sentinelese Islanders. The only pictures we have of them are from the occasional illegal drone which buzzes over the island, and is typically met with a hail of arrows. It seems that despite seeing things such as ships, helicopters, and robotic drones, the Sentinelese don’t want fuck all to do with the modern world.

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Indigenous People of North Sentinel Island

North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. It lies to the west of the southern part of South Andaman Island. Most of the island is forested.It is small, located away from the main settlements on Great Andaman, surrounded by coral reefs, and lacks natural harbors.

A group of indigenous people, the Sentinelese, live on North Sentinel Island. Their population is estimated to be between 50 and 400 individuals. The Sentinelese reject any contact with other people, and are among the last people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization.

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Creepypasta #1304: They Warned Us About The Island, But We Didn't Listen

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I still have nightmares about what happened at North Sentinel Island a year later. My therapist, a fifty-three year old woman with a smoker’s cough and blunt attitude who specializes in PTSD, was the one who told me that writing down what happened to me would give me the proper closure I needed to move on.

A year ago, I was working for National Geographic; thanks to the age of Instagram and Flickr, my photos went viral within a click of a button, and the people at National Geographic loved it enough to hire me on a six-month contract. I was ecstatic; fresh out of College, and this is what I landed? I couldn’t stop boasting about it to friends and family.

My first (and last) official trip was to India. As a woman growing up in Seattle, Washington – I never really got to travel countries; school and work got in the way. This was the perfect opportunity to allow me to do so.

The plane ride was dreadful; it was long, there was a set of crying twins behind me, and the sleeping pills would not kick in. I resorted to wine, which only made me feel more agitated, and in the end, I gave up on sleep all together.

Our hotel was situated on the lower side of India, close to some islands. Our first night was spent with our translator, Patel. A couple of beers in, the topic of North Sentinel Island came up. Patel had our attention the minute he uttered this sentence: “The island is approximately the size of Manhattan and home to the most dangerous tribe in the world: the Sentinelese Tribe.”

“Great, when can we go?” Our leader, Joseph asked. He was the one to take risks and put lives in danger for that ‘perfect’ story – it was rumored that a couple years ago his partner and him had gone out to shoot in Africa and Joseph left him in the middle of the jungle. Only Joseph had come out alive, nobody knows what happened to his partner.

Patel shook his head and laughed, “you cannot go. Civilization is banned – it is the most isolated place on earth.”

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After a long Hiatus I’m a very proud to be bringing back Gunblr games. Now I’m sure a lot of you have no idea what the Gunblr games are. Basically me and a few other members of Gunblr came up with situations for people to be put into. The first one we did was a basic Skinwalker hunt. The player would have to hunt a pack of skinwalkers in their nearest rural area. For me, that was the woodlands of upstate NY. The player could pick a squad size and whatever they wanted to outfit their squad with. That included everything from weapons and optics down to shirts and underwear. The goal was to make things as detailed and as realistic as possible within the parameters of the situation. With this new game, we’re going to try something a little different. In the past we’ve hunted supernatural creatures. Skinwalkers and vampires. This time, it’s just people. I’d like to introduce you all to North Sentinel Island. A place forgotten by time, North Sentinel Island is completely void of modern technology. No one has ever seen past the shores of this small island. The island is located in the Indian Ocean, between Burma and India. With a surface area of just over 23 square miles and a population that varies from an official number of 39 and unofficial numbers as high as 400, the island is rather small. The people on the island, known as the “Sentinelese” are a very violent and territorial people. They are known to attack anyone who comes near the island, and have killed people before. The island and its population is so deadly that after two fishermen were killed off its coast, a 3 mile exclusion zone was set up around the island. Now here’s where you come in. 2 days ago a private jet flying out of Thailand was struck by lightning over the Indian Ocean. It subsequently crash landed inside that 3 mile exclusion zone. While the plane broke apart upon impact, satellite imagines of the island shows 2 men swimming out of the wreckage and onto the island. Upon arriving on the beach, the two men were swarmed by the Sentinelese people, but were taken alive. After analyzing the satellite images, the two men have been identified by the company their work for. One is the pilot of the jet, and the other is a HVT for the company. This HVT just so happened to be carrying something important in a brief case that was handcuffed to him and could be see to be still attached to him when taken on the island. While officially the island falls under the control of the Indian Government, they are refusing to start a rescue mission. So the company has come to you. They hired you to lead a 4 man rescue team to go onto the island and rescue the two men and bring the brief case back. The only rules here are No air/sea support and no explosives. Less lethal grenades and breaching charges are allowed, but being that no one is suppose to go onto the island, your team leave a minimal footprint. Craters caused by 40MMs are pretty noticeable. Outfit yourself and your team and come up with a game plan. Have fun with it, I’m curious to see what people are gonna do with this one. Once you create your list of clothing and gear and are ready to post them, tag me and others who you’d like to see participate. If you weren’t tagged, that’s fine. This is a complete open invitation. Use the tag “Gunblr Game” on your post

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The Sentinelese Tribe

An indigenous tribe has lived on North Sentinel Island with limited contact from the outside world for the past 60,000 years. Anybody who has tried to contact the Sentinelese people has been killed, or at least drawn a violent reaction from the community. The island which rests in the Indian Ocean, is so dangerous for outsiders to attempt to visit that India’s government has established a three-mile exclusion zone to prevent more violence. 

The tribe rejects modern civilization and actually prefers their no-contact status quo. Any visitors are attacked, from the two fishermen that lost their lives after fishing illegally within the exclusion zone to low-flying planes, the indigenous tribe is more than hostile towards outsiders. They violently rebut them. The 2nd picture in the above photo-set depicts a shipwreck which resulted in many deaths when the sailors clashed with the tribespeople. (Source)