Ever wondered how life would be if you still lived the way humankind used to in stone age?
No electricity, no wi-fi, no television, no Netflix, not even fire. Do you think you would be happy? Rather, would be alive? I don’t think so.
Humankind has evolved from stone age to the digital age. Everything you want is at hands reach, but there are a few tribes who haven’t allowed development to corrupt their lifestyles and minds. One of these tribes is the Sentinelese people that inhabit North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal in India.
You might have read about them or heard gruesome tales about their hostility.
I hate to break it to you, but all of those stories are true, word by word. Which is why I have prepared a list as to why you should stay away from them crazy folks.
They are designated as a Scheduled Tribe and are considered one of the world’s last uncontacted people. (because they REALLY don’t want to be contacted.)
They live on this remote island and keep watch on any outside intrusion. So, there’s no way you can sneak on the island without getting killed.
Their behavior is as unexpected as wild animals. They are the most isolated tribe in the world and are considered as the last stone-age tribe.
They have lived on North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean for an estimated 60,000 years without letting anyone step foot in their territory. Literally.
They are fierce and very protective of their territory. Usually, visitors are welcomed with fire arrows or tossed stone.
Even helicopters which attempted to deliver aid after Tsunami were shooed away by flying arrows shot at from the mighty tribesmen. Basically, they avoid contact with the outside world at any cost.
The Sentinelese speak their own language, the Sentinelese language. They choose to live in isolation and consider any outside influence a threat even if you have good intentions about them.
This is one place full of unknown diseases and pathogens that will surely kill you if you dare spend time on this island.
In 1967, the Indian government began making attempts to contact the Sentinelese, led by anthropologist T. N. Pandit. They would leave the tribe gifts and try to signal to them but didn’t get any response.
The first and last non-hostile contact that was ever made with this tribe was way back in 1991. On January 4th,1991, 28 men, women and children approached Mr. Pandit and his group before retreating into the forest.
No contact has been made ever since. These badass people have even made our government helpless. Now it is against Indian law to travel within 3 miles (4.8 km) of the island.
No one even knows how many people reside there. Could be 50, could be 500. Even the government isn’t sure of their total number.
This last survey which was conducted in 2001 by the Census of India from a distance. According to the survey, there were 21 men and 18 women. (not accurate though)
The tribal people mostly depend on seafood and coconuts as their main source of survival. For them outside food and clothing holds no value.
They live a simple life. Forge for food, and built tree houses and huts out of wood. They turn their backs to visitors and sit on their haunches as if to defecate, meaning no one is welcome.
These folks haven’t evolved their practices beyond those of the Stone Age. Developments and agriculture practices are unknown to them. But who knows?
They do seem to know that metal is valuable and have created tools and weapons from metal. They have only accepted gifts from the outside world once, in 1974 which was aluminum cookware left by the National Geographic Society.
They have been documented to kill two fishermen in 2006 because they were too close to their shores.
The recent death of John Allen Chau, a 26-year-old American evangelist, who was on a self-driven mission to spread Christianity on the island has yet again confirmed that these guys really don’t want anyone to mess with them.
His body hasn’t been recovered yet, and chances are that it won’t be attempted as well. According to the Survival International, a group which advocates for the rights of tribal peoples said that it would be “incredibly dangerous” for both sides.
“The risk of a deadly epidemic of flu, measles or other outside disease is very real, and increases with every such contact,” its director, Stephen Corry, said in a statement. “Mr. Chau’s body should be left alone, as should the Sentinelese.”
Considering the fact that they have been living in complete isolation, the chances of them being wiped out by an epidemic are very high. Which is why the Indian government is taking all measures to keep them away from outsiders.
But if you ask me, I would myself choose to stay away from these nut heads, because clearly they want to be left alone. And anyone who loves his life should do the same.