The Tribesmen Of This Island Will Brutally Kill Anyone Who Comes Ashore
The Jarawa, Great Andamanese, Onge, and Sentinelese tribes of the Andaman Islands are said to have lived on the Indian Ocean for approximately 55,000 years. However, in the modern era their population is minute when compared to the hundreds of thousands of Indians who surround them. 400 members of the nomadic Jarawa tribe reside in chaddhas: groups of 40-50 individuals comprise one “home.” Pigs, turtles, crabs, eels, and fish are constantly hunted with bows and arrows, and when paired with wild fruits, roots, tubers, and honey, this diet enables Indigenous island dwellers to not only survive, but to thrive.
In contrast, the Sentinelese usually live with 3 to 4 individuals in bare huts with no sides, with some elaborate exceptions. Javelins and flat bows are utilized to destroy targets—sometimes human targets—approximately 350 feet away. They even have specialized arrows for fishing, hunting, and maiming.
LoveBite Productions has worked on a documentary pertaining to the
Sentinelese tribe: “Working on this project, reading about them, watching all these videos, brought tears to my eyes.” Remarkably, the Sentinelese have propelled arrows at airplanes and helicopters in the past, even after the 2004 Tsunami when rescuers attempted to aid them. There could be as few as 50 tribe members and as many as 500; it is difficult to obtain statistics from the Andaman and Nicobar islands, period. Survival International has tried to help integrate them into society before, but the tribe has no intentions of ever abandoning their hunter-gatherer way of life.
Yet, the tribes people may be wise to shun society after all. Disease has wiped out many Indigenous Peoples before, and the chances of this happening only increase as human-induced climate change continues to push global shorelines and temperatures higher. However, the lengths the tribes people go to in order to remain isolated are certainly extreme; in 2006, two middle-aged fishermen were killed as they slept in their boat close to North Sentinel island’s shore. This is one of the many reasons it is illegal to come within five kilometers of the island’s shore.
According to The Daily Mail, even “Survival International reported late last year that it had received reports that fishermen are targeting the area, with seven men being apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard. One of the fishermen reportedly stepped foot on the island in close proximity to the tribe’s members, and he managed to leave unscathed. Survival International, which advocates for tribal peoples’ rights, describes the Sentinelese as ‘the most vulnerable society on the planet’ as they are likely to have no immunity to common diseases such as flu and measles. Due to their complete isolation, the chances of them being wiped out by an epidemic are very high, according to the organization.”
Fortunately, the organisation’s primary purpose is now coordinating with local authorities to prevent any future communication.