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North Sentinel Island: Home To The World’s Most Isolated Tribe For 60,000 Years

North Sentinel Island: Home To Isolated Indigenous Tribe Since 60,000 Years

North Sentinel Island remains one of the most mysterious unexplored islands in the world. It 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.

The tribe of the North Sentinel Island is probably one of the last set of humans on this planet, who are away from modern civilisations. These are the people who apparently don’t wish to build any friendly terms with the outsiders. People who have tried to visit or reach out to this tribe, were either shunned away with arrows or with stones. They absolutely do not allow people except their tribe, to enter this mysterious island in the Indian Ocean.

The Tribe Of North Sentinel Island

image36North Sentinel Island looks like any other idyllic spot in the Indian Ocean.

Much less information has been dug out on this island and the tribe residing here, as the Sentinelese, do not allow anybody to enter into their area. Not even their exact population is known. The researchers claim that it could be anywhere between 40 and 500. A video documentary emerged on these people which explains quite a few facts about the Sentinelese.

North Sentinel Island: Home To Isolated Indigenous Tribe Since 60,000 YearsThe Sentinelese are an uncontacted tribe living on North Sentinal Island (Image Source)

Apparently, this tribe is the descendant of first humans that arrived from the Africa and have been living on this island since 60,000 years. Also, as claimed in the video footage, these people are not someone who would like to accept food and clothes. They will invite the outsiders with spears and arrows, no matter what. Following the 2004 Tsunami, the Indian coast guards were sent to North Sentinel Island to drop food, but in response, they just received arrows of the tribesmen.

Attempts Of Indian Government To Contact The Sentinelese

North Sentinel Island: Home To Isolated Indigenous Tribe Since 60,000 YearsThe Sentinelese have lived on their island for up to 55,000 years and have no contact with the outside world. (Image Source)

The Indian government started making attempts to contact the Snetinelese in 1967. It was led by anthropologist T. N. Pandit, who would leave the tribe gifts and try to signal to them. But, he claimed that in response he received some gestures that indicated that they were not at all welcomed and it was infuriating the tribesmen. In the video, he explains how the tribesmen showed their back to them and sat on their haunches as if to defecate.

North Sentinel Island: Home To Isolated Indigenous Tribe Since 60,000 YearsThe Sentinelese hunt and gather in the forest, and fish in the coastal waters. (Image Source)

In the month of March, in 1970, Pandit’s group found themselves cornered in their boats after reaching too close to shore, and one of the onlookers described that the tribesmen were shouting some incomprehensible words when they gestured to indicate that they wanted to be friends.

North Sentinel Island: Home To Isolated Indigenous Tribe Since 60,000 YearsThey have two different types of houses; large communal huts with several hearths for a number of families, and more temporary shelters, with no sides, which can sometimes be seen on the beach, with space for one nuclear family. (Image Source)

Finally, as depicted in the video, on January 4th 1991, 28 men, women and children approached Mr. Pandit without hostility and their gesture was incredible. After that, the Indian government have banned the attempts to meet this rare tribe and declared it illegal. It is illegal to go within the boundary of 3 miles from this island.

North Sentinel Island: Home To Isolated Indigenous Tribe Since 60,000 YearsNorth Sentinel Island, circled by spectacular clear sapphire water, a secure ring of submerged coral reefs and completely covered by a thick mangrove jungle that ends at the powdery white beaches. (Image Source)

The group that advocates for the tribal people’s rights, stated that these tribals are very prone to infections as they have not developed immunity to even the most common ailments of modern civilisation.

Survival International claimed that due to their utter isolation, there is a danger of them getting wiped out, like how the Andamanese Tribe of the India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands got decimated by diseases due to colonisation by the Britishers.

 

North Sentinel Island: Home To The World’s Most Isolated Tribe For 60,000 Years
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