In a world of advancements, we are accustomed to living a technological lifestyle. Today’s amenities have led us down the path of convenience creating a complex necessity for supply and demand. Imagining a life outside of our civilization can be difficult while surrounded by the comforts of home. There are corners of the world found deep in the trees where tribes remain untouched by modern hands.
Over the years, researchers have had the opportunity to visit with some of these groups gaining an inside perspective of their day to day existence. Many of the Indigenous tribes welcome both the interest and small gifts from visitors. On the Northern region of Sentinel Island, there is a tribe who adamantly refuses all contact with visitors. Unlike their neighboring Indigenous groups, the Sentinelese tribe state their boundary lines with a no exceptions policy.
The Sentinelese are known for their hostility and violence towards outsiders. It is not an act of primitive impulse, as they are protective of their land and people. They have a culture that does not adhere to modern standards, leaving them vulnerable if they were to expand their way of life. Believed to be a part of an ancestral history, their origins are traced back for 60,000 years. The Sentinelese have a fascinating way of staying true to their traditions.
At one time, they were communicative with nearby tribes. The Sentinelese drew further away until their relationships were severed causing a complete reclusion. Similar languages that were shared evolved into separate dialects. For hundreds of years including the present, they carry a language that is unknown. The Sentinelese learned from experience the world around them was full of dangers that could not be trusted.
An Indigenous Tribe
It is documented in the 1700’s the island tribe had six of their members kidnapped. When the elder two passed in their presence, they left the four children on the beach of the Sentinels land. In their seclusion, they have only built immunity to factors around them. The new illnesses brought from sick children could have been devastating. Their troubles continued with curious travelers and wayward ships.
The closest the tribe has come to negotiating an almost friendly demeanor was through the help of an Anthropologist. Pandit led a group to attempt contact with the tribe. Over the time span of almost thirty years, several coconuts and a variety of offerings, Pandit was not only expected, he was allowed to survive the encounter. The few others who have made the same intentional or accidental effort have been killed on the spot. The area is banned from visitors for the protection of everyone involved, and the Sentinelese are left to live in peace.
Their ways of a handmade living rely on their environment and the occasional items that wash ashore. The Sentinelese abide by the ancient customs, wearing only decorative woven bands and dwelling as hunters and gatherers. With bows drawn, they protect their land vigorously from outsiders. Living in huts for homes inside of a culture that thrives, the Sentinelese maintain a healthy life as one of the oldest Indigenous tribes without the vices of Modern humanity.