sentinelese people

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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)

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North Sentinel Island 

This ‘quaint’, little island is one of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, as you can see from the pictures above, is that the island is mostly covered in a dense forest and located away from the main settlements on Great Andaman, surrounded by coral reefs, and lacks natural harbours. 

What is the most peculiar thing about this island is that it is inhabited by a group of indigenous people, called the Sentinelese , and do not welcome anybody that tries to encroach on their soil. These peoples, estimated to be between 40 - 500 in numbers, reject any contact with the outside world and remain one of the last group of peoples to remain virtually untouched by modern civilisation. 

Many things are unknown about this odd, tribe of peoples other than the fact that they live in a traditional sense, as in: they maintain a hunter-gatherer society, living in small huts and obtaining the necessary tools to survive in their conditions. 

Contact with these people has been attempted, however, none has been established. Whenever anyone tries to get close to the island, they somehow mysteriously emerge to drive the explorer away using make-shift weapons such as spears and arrows. 

A lot is still unknown about the Sentinelese people and many think we should just leave them to it. 

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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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The North Sentinel Island Tribe

Photographed from afar, this group of indigenous people inhabits an island with special characteristics making it possible for complete isolation from the rest of the world, something which the Sentinelese apparently treasure to the point of displaying deadly hostility in almost all cases of attempted contact with them.

Seen from above, the island’s geography clearly provides a natural protection for the inhabitants who, according to experts, may have lived in isolation for 60,000 years.

We can only imagine the world from their unique point of view. Not only is contact with them dangerous because it will almost certainly lead to the exploitation of one of the only pristine, unindustrialized locations left on the planet, but as British explorers have found in the past, exposing them to diseases not native to the island can easily kill those who are exposed. The Indian government has declared it a crime to visit the island or contact the tribe.

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