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  • North Sentinel Island lies to the west of the other Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.

  • It is a small island with an area of only about 23 square miles (59.7 sq. km.).

  • It is mostly covered by a forest that gives way to a narrow beach that encircles the island.

  • The island is also surrounded by coral reefs and dark blue water rich with fish and other

  • sea life.

  • What makes North Sentinel Island different from other tropical islands is its unusual

  • inhabitants, who we will discuss in this episode of The Infographics Show, “The Untouched

  • TribeNorth Sentinel Island.”

  • Walking around naked except for some leaves, string fibers, and other decorations, the

  • indigenous people of North Sentinel Island, the Sentinelese, have lived in almost complete

  • isolation from the rest of the world for nearly 60,000 years.

  • According to a documentary about North Sentinel Island, they arethought to be direct descendants

  • of the first humans who emerged from Africa.”

  • They have been isolated for so long that the language they speak has been forgotten by

  • the rest of the world.

  • Another concern is that their extreme isolation has made them vulnerable to modern-day diseases.

  • They do not have immunity to them and could become seriously ill or even die as a result

  • of being exposed to them.

  • Although modern civilization is only about 31 miles (50 km) away at the city of Port

  • Blair, the Sentinelese lag far behind modern times.

  • They do not even know how to make fire.

  • The only time that they have fire is when it isproduced spontaneouslyaccording

  • to one article, such as when lightning strikes a tree.

  • The Sentinelese have no knowledge of agriculture.

  • They live off the land and the sea, hunting, fishing, and collecting wild plants.

  • They also eat coconuts that wash up on the shore.

  • They use simple tools such as harpoons, flatbows, and arrows not only to hunt for food but also

  • to safeguard their isolation.

  • The Sentinelese isolate themselves by choice.

  • They have a long history of using violence to drive outsiders away from their island

  • home.

  • Over the years, nearly everyone who has ventured too close to or landed on North Sentinel Island

  • has been attacked and/or killed by the Sentinelese.

  • Most of them suffered these negative outcomes whether their visits to the island were accidental

  • or intentional.

  • For instance, in 1896, one unlucky Indian convict survived a dangerous prison escape

  • from Port Blair only to be killed by the Sentinelese shortly after landing on their beach.

  • According to one source, a British party recovered his body and found that the convict waspierced

  • in several places by arrows and his throat was cut.”

  • In 1974, a team of anthropologists trying to film a documentary, a National Geographic

  • photographer, and some police officers were greeted by a shower of arrows from the Sentinelese.

  • One of the arrows hit the director of the documentary in the left thigh.

  • In 1981, crew members of the cargo ship MV Primrose were attacked by the Sentinelese

  • after their ship became stranded on the reef surrounding the island.

  • They had to fight the Sentinelese withflare guns, axes and lengths of pipein order

  • to live long enough to be rescued a week later.

  • The only friendly encounter outsiders had with the Sentinelese occurred in January 1991

  • when an Indian contact expedition visited the island.

  • There is some video footage of members of the expedition presenting the Sentinelese

  • with gifts of coconuts thrown into the water, which the tribespeople quickly gathered.

  • There is also video footage showing some smiling Sentinelese interacting with members of the

  • expedition and even touching them out of curiosity.

  • Unfortunately, this one encounter turned out to be more like a truce rather than an end

  • to the isolated tribe's war with outsiders.

  • Later visits to the island were met with the usual hostile greetings of weapons drawn or

  • arrows fired.

  • The last encounter occurred in 2006.

  • Two fishermen drifted too close to the island, and the Sentinelese killed them and buried

  • them in shallow graves.

  • Authorities attempted to recover the bodies of the fishermen but were unsuccessful because

  • of what one source calls a “customary hail of arrows.”

  • They ended up leaving the bodies there and leaving the Sentinelese to live in peace.

  • Like the other Andaman Islands, North Sentinel Island is under the jurisdiction of the Indian

  • government.

  • Over the years, India has allowed the Sentinelese to manage their own affairs with minimal government

  • intrusion.

  • In 1991, it placed a 3 mile (5 km) exclusion zone around North Sentinel Island to keep

  • outsiders such as tourists and poachers away from it.

  • Will more outsiders become target practice for the Sentinelese?

  • Will these isolated tribespeople, whose estimated population ranges from 15 to 500, be wiped

  • out because tourists will expose them to diseases that they have no immunity to?

  • Only time will tell.

  • If someone gave you a free trip to North Sentinel Island, would you go there?

  • Why or why not?

  • Let us know in the comments!

  • Also, be sure to check out our other video called What If Animals Went To World War With

  • Humans?!

  • Thanks for watching, and, as always, don't forget to like, share, and subscribe.

  • See you next time!

North Sentinel Island lies to the west of the other Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.

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