From Indian Express
Surprisingly there has been only one instance when outsiders didn't have to face a hostile reception.
A rare footage of the Sentinelese, one of the last uncontacted tribes in the world, has emerged, showing its members on the beaches of North Sentinel Island in Andaman & Nicobar.
North Sentinel Island with the GeoGarage platform (NGA chart)
Little is known about their exact population and could reportedly have as low as 40 members or as high as 500.
North Sentinel island, NASA
Efforts to reach out to them have been met with hostility and there are several horror stories of how Sentinelese have treated their guests.
People return from the island either injured or not at all. In 2006 two fishermen, aged 48 and 52, were killed after they slept overnight in their boat near the North Sentinel island.
Following the 2004 tsunami, helicopters from the Indian Coast Guard were sent to drop food parcels, but this tribesmen responded by firing an arrow at the rescue team
They were hostile even during emergency rescue missions after Tsunami in 2004 as gifts, food and clothing are of no importance to them.
A photo was captured of one of the tribesmen taking aim at a rescue helicopter with an arrow.
According to a video footage which is a part of a documentary by LoveBite Productions on the Sentinelese tribe, an Indian anthroplogist T N Pandit who conducted several government trips to the island in the late 80’s and the early 90’s in an attempt to reach out confessed, “Sometimes they would turn their backs and sit on their haunches as to defecate. This was meant to insult us as we were not welcomed. It doesn’t matter if you are a friend or an enemy or you arrive at the island’s shores by purpose or by accident, the locals would greet you the same way with spears and arrows.”
Surprisingly there has been only one instance when outsiders didn’t have to face a hostile reception.
On January 4, 1991, 28 people which included men, women and children approached Pandit and his team saying the tribe voluntarily came forward to meet them.
However, after numerous failed attempts to make contacts with them since 1964, the Indian government has finally backed away.
In 2005, the administration of Andaman & Nicobar stated that they have no intention of interfering with the lifestyle of the Sentinelese tribe or pursuing any further contact with them.
Also, the Indian navy enforced a 3 mile buffer zone to keep tourists and explorers away.
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