The tribe that time forgot

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Descendants of the first human beings in Africa, who migrated to a small island located in the Indian Ocean 60,000 years ago, are still living there in total isolation from the rest of the world.

Little is known about the tribe which calls North Sentinel Island home, and attempts at interacting with them and offering them assistance are met with fierce resistance.

The mystery surrounding the Sentinelese is so vast that their population size can only be estimated at between 40 and 500, and is only ascertained via rare video footage taken over the years.

LoveBite Productions has compiled these clips and created a short documentary that has garnered nearly two million views on YouTube. The footage shows men, women, and children on the island. At times, men are seen throwing spears and shooting arrows at the cameramen.

Following a 2004 tsunami, the Indian Coast Guard sent out helicopters to surveil the island location and drop food to its inhabitants. One tribesman not only didn’t appreciate the assistance but also fired an arrow in his would-be rescuers’ direction.

In 2006, two fishermen found themselves too close to the Sentinelese’s shoreline and were killed.

The Indian government has made numerous attempts at making contact with the tribe over the last being 50 years and has only had one success. In 1991, anthropologist T.N. Pandit — after many attempts — landed on the island with his group and was met with zero hostility by 28 members of the tribe. But, unfortunately, this occurrence was a lone exception.

It is now considered a crime to try to make contact with the Sentinelese, and venturing anywhere closer than three miles’ distance from the island is illegal.

H/T: Daily Mail

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