There are still many places on our planet that deserve attention and where it would be interesting to go. But this is not always possible. There is a relatively small island in the Indian Ocean - North Sentinel Island. It is inhabited, but it was not possible to study it. The tribe has been living in this area for about 60,000 years. It is hostile to strangers and does not make contact with the outside world.
1. Location of the island
The island is located 37 kilometers west of another island called South Andanam. Civilization is also not far from it, on the east side at the same distance is the city of Wondur. The coordinates of this unknown world: 11 ° 33'21.7 "/>
In general, this is a small piece of land. The total area of the island is 60 square kilometers. Almost the entire area is dense thickets - jungle. The height of the highest island point is 122 meters.
If we take formal data, then the land is part of the Indian Union of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Since 1947, it belongs to India, but this is only according to documents. In fact, North Sentinel Island is completely cut off from the rest of the world and lives its own unexplored life.
2. Local population
This place is the only home of the Sentineles tribe of the same name. These people do not contact anyone, since they rejected any connection with civilization. There are no exact data on the population and population. According to some estimates, which are approximate, its settlement took place somewhere around fifty to sixty thousand years ago.
In fact, the tribe is endemic. Even the slightest outside interference in the life of the island can lead to its complete extinction. These people simply lack any immunity to the diseases of our time. There is no other information either about the island itself or about its inhabitants. The fact is that they do not like strangers here, they are very hostile to them and categorically refuse any contact with them.
3. Historical background and just one contact
If you delve a little into history, then this place became known in the thirteenth century. The inhabitants of the neighboring islands named the islet Chia daaKwokweyeh.
Marco Polo's notes indicate that the people who live on it are brutal and very similar to the wild race. They are not prone to contact with anyone. At the sight of a boat sailing up to the shore, the aborigines show aggression - they begin to fire at it with bows, demonstrating the absence of the need for any communication with other people.
The first interaction with the rest of the world happened in 1867, and this is a recorded case. Near the coast of Sentinel Island, the ship Nineva wrecked. In total, 106 people survived, who set up their camp on the coast. But until the moment they were found and rescued, the victims had to fight for their lives several more times, repelling the attacks of the local tribe.
4. Attempts to research and study
For quite a long time, they tried several times to establish at least insignificant contact with the local tribe of aborigines. In 1880 an expedition led by M. V. Portman made a landing on the coast of the island. In the jungle, they found already abandoned dwellings, huts and paths. They even captured six people - an elderly man and woman and four teenagers.
The aborigines were taken to Port Blair in South Andaman, but further developments did not bring results. The elderly died very quickly due to illness. It was impossible to understand what these people were talking about. Their language is completely unlike any that exists in the world. As for the teenagers, they didn’t keep them, but let them go back with gifts.
They also tried to establish contact later - in 1883, 1885 and 1887. But none of the attempts were successful. The island remained closed to everyone.
The following attempts were made by the Indian government in the last century, starting in 1967, but they did not bring results either. As soon as the boats approached the shore, a hail of arrows and stones rained down on them.
5. The first and so far only minor contact
For all these years, there was still one contact, moreover, relatively peaceful. It took place in 1991 at the beginning of January. This happened with T. Pandit, who had been watching the island and the islanders remotely for twenty years. Since 1990, he has regularly left gifts for Aboriginal people on the beach.
On the same day, a small group of representatives of the tribe approached the boat, and one of the people even dared to get into it. It took quite a bit of time. In the future, the natives continued to be aggressive and hostile towards strangers.
Subsequently, there were other attempts to establish at least some kind of relationship with the locals, but all of them remained unsuccessful. As for the last case, it happened in 2018. It was then that D. A. Chau, a missionary from the United States, tried to communicate with the tribe. The attempt was thwarted by an arrow fired by a local resident.
6. What is happening with the island and its tribe now
In 1956, a document appeared on the protection of tribes. This decree is the guarantor of their inviolability. Starting in 2005, the authorities of the Andaman Islands promised not to interfere in this isolated life anymore and stopped taking steps towards establishing any contacts with the tribe.
As for India, the government of that country imposed a ban on visits to North Sentinel Island in 1997.
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