This Mysterious Island Is Home To A 60,000-Year-Old Community Who Kill Outsiders
For many of us the idea of living in peace and serenity on a remote island is a blissful dream, a vision for the future. That dream is a reality for the Sentinelese people, and it has been for 60,000 years.
The Sentinelese inhabit this tiny island in The Indian Ocean which is estimated to be approximately the size of Manhattan.
The tribe have rejected the modern world and are known to be violent to outsiders – most recently they killed 2 men in 2006 who were fishing too close to their North Sentinel Island.
They throw rocks and shoot arrows at passing planes and helicopters. The hostility has been so successful at keeping people away that the only images and videos in existence are in short supply and of very low quality.
This video is from 1990, the Sentinelese tribe are warding off a coast guard.
People still insist on trying, however, despite the fact that the Indian authorities made it illegal to attempt contact with the Sentinelese. Survival International, who campaign for the rights of tribal groups, have claimed that local fisherman are often entering the area.
Survival International fear for the future of the tribe. Director, Stephen Corry, said: “The Great Andamanese tribes of India’s Andaman Islands were decimated by disease when the British colonised the islands in the 1800s. The most recent to be pushed into extinction was the Bo tribe, whose last member died only four years ago.
“The only way the Andamanese authorities can prevent the annihilation of another tribe is to ensure North Sentinel Island is protected from outsiders.”
We’d love to set up camp on an island, just chill and out watch the days slide by. But if it means uprooting old traditions and having arrows fired at us, we’d rather let them be.
We’re are probably better for trying to claim squatter’s rights on a billionaire’s private island, now there’s an idea…