It seems that there is still a corner of the Earth, where they are estimated to live from 50 to 400 people, totally estranged from the rest of the world; this seems to happen because of thehostility of the inhabitants, ready to welcome with shooting arrows anyone who tries to get close and have contact with them. Legend or truth? Let's find out together!
- The Sentinelese, the most isolated tribe in the world
- An island that remained in the Neolithic
- Unapproachable: the most inhospitable island in the world
- The most vulnerable population on the planet: the risks of total extinction
- User questions and comments
The Sentinelese, the most isolated tribe in the world
The island in question is called North Sentinel, and is located in the Bay of Bengal, India, together with the other Andaman Islands. It is an extremely attractive island from a tourist point of view: splendid sea, coral reef and dense vegetation would make it an ideal destination for those who want to enjoy a sea and relaxation holiday ... if it were not for the hostility of the Sentinelese , the inhabitants of this magnificent place who they live totally isolated from the rest of the world, refusing any kind of contact or help and reacting to any attempt to approach with aggressive and belligerent attitude.
An island that remained in the Neolithic
How do the Sentinelese live on "their" North Sentinel? Nobody knows exactly: they do not know their language and their habits, nor how they live the relationship between men and women and how they enter into a relationship with each other. What is known, from the few observations it has been possible to make, is that the inhabitants practice the hunting and fishery, and they live in community huts. That they know how to start fire has been deduced by some hearths glimpsed right in the area of the huts; but how they know how to set it up, it is not possible to know with greater certainty. Maybe they use a different method than Homo Erectus?
Unapproachable: the most inhospitable island in the world
What is certain is that the Sentinelese have repeatedly shown they want to defend their territory and their independence at all costs: it is rumored that this tribe has even murdered two fishermen intent on fishing in the waters around the island. Indeed, following the Tzunami from 2004, a helicopter sent by the authorities flew over the island of North Sentinel to make sure that the inhabitants had survived: the confirmation was given by the umpteenth attack of spears and arrows by the Sentinelese. For this reason the Indian government has decreed the cessation of all attempts to approach the island of North Sentinel, both to avoid risk to the envoys, and to preserve the existence of the tribe.
The most vulnerable population on the planet: the risks of total extinction
The hostile inhabitants of the island are presumably devoid of immunity even only towards the diseases we consider to be the most common, such as colds or coughs. So a minimum contact would be enough to risk being attacked by a bacterium that could cause the total extinction of this human species: which is why India has decided to protect its existence.