World’s Last Stone Age Tribe has Been Living in Isolation For 60,000 Years

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Tucked away on one of the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean, the world’s last stone-age tribe has been living in isolation for thousands of years.

The Sentinelese tribe is a small group of people anywhere between fifteen to 500 (it is not known the exact number), who have managed to maintain distance from the real world for almost 60,000 years. They live on a forested island called North Sentinel, which is approximately the size of Manhattan, and have resisted any outside contact.

The Sentinelese are one of the few uncontacted tribal groups left in the world which is mainly due to their defensive nature and their location. If anyone approaches the island, they’re immediately on guard and ready to protect their land. North Sentinel has no harbors and protective laws in the area mean that people can’t just visit them whenever they please.

According to the website Survival International, there have been several reported incidents where the tribe has used excessive force to injure or kill anyone that has trespassed on their land. In 2018, John Allen Chau, an American man, was killed by members of the Sentinelese tribe after he ventured to the island to try and convert the tribe to Christianity. A senseless move on his behalf.

Survival International’s Director Stephen Corry said it was “a tragedy should never have been allowed to happen,” and called for stricter laws by the Indian government in order to protect the tribe as well as the tribe.

Another incident from 2006 also saw 2 Indian fishermen lose their lives after their boat washed up on shore while they were sleeping. They spent days poaching in the waters around the island prior to their deaths. It has been reported that many people have tried to fish illegally in the area, but these 2 particular incidents served as a harsh reminder that the Sentinelese tribe is not to be bothered.

Now, human rights groups, as well as researchers, have stressed that due to the isolation, the tribe is susceptible to new diseases brought to the island by fishermen and other outsiders. That’s why Survival International has called for strict protections to ensure other people stay away from the secluded island.