Sentinel Tribes Lives In Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Sentinel is here in South Andaman ant their Island is different from all of us. I speak you a little bit of about Sentinel, it is a matter of growing up to become a nation free some people were going in a boat when only the water got resolved so the reason why the boat broke as much and these people are swum and caught in an Island then those people started eating everything raw some of them died after a few days and the remaining life they started living in that Islands.

Sentinel Tribes Lives In Andaman & Nicobar Island

Then after the long years, he was caught by Fish, then he was attached with an arrow the fishermen thought that he was driving a well with an arrow when he saw it here then the fisher man’s saw that Island was being potted with an arrow, then it was found out that the Sentinels tribe are lived and stay that Island after that’s Island called North Sentinel Island. It is home to the Sentinelese, a tribe that has rejected, often violently, any contact with the outside world. They are among the last uncontacted people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization.

The Sentinelese have repeatedly attacked approaching vessels. This resulted in the deaths of two fishermen in 2006 and an American missionary, John Allen Chau. North Sentinel lies 36 kilometers (22 mi) west of the town of Wandoor in South Andaman Island, 50 km (31 mi) west of Port Blair, and 59.6 kilometers (37.0 mi) north of its counterpart South Sentinel Island. It has an area of about 59.67 km2 (23.04 sq mi).

The first peaceful contact with the Sentinelese was made by Triloknath Pandit, a director of the Anthropological Survey of India, and his colleagues on 4 January 1991 Indian visits to the island ceased in 1997. In November 2018, John Allen Chau, a 26-year-old American missionary trained and sent by Missouri-based All Nations, was killed during an illegal trip to the restricted island, planning to preach Christianity to the Sentinelese. Seven individuals were taken into custody by Indian police on suspicion of helping Chau!-s illegal access to the island.

Uncontacted people to remain virtually untouched

The negrito Sentinel Island, 64 Km southwest of Port Blair. The Onges call them ‘Chanku ate’. They are perhaps one of the most isolated tribal communities of the present world geographically and socially. Shooting with bow-arrow against any outsider trying to land on their abode Island is their traditional way to ensure their safe and undisturbed life. The North Sentinel Island is not only defended by its belligerents but also by the rough and turbulent sea supported by an unbroken ring of treacherous coral reefs.

Thus it is purely dangerous expected for few calm months to approach. Many past attempts by all sorts of people ranging from administrative officials, politicians, naval officers, and anthropologists to policemen to land on North Sentinel Island have been failed in gaining the goal. In 1880 an expedition under M.V Portman successfully accomplished the first known landing on the North Sentinel Island. They stayed for a fortnight. During their stay, the Sentinelese disappeared from the area. A woman and four children were nevertheless captured and kept for a few days in the ship. Later they were released with gifts. The help of the Onges and the Aka-bea tribes were also obtained to establish friendly relations with the Sentinelese but the scientists finally had to be frustrated and give up the idea. M.V Portman visited the Island on 15th February 1895 with some Onges from the North Quince Island.

Many past attempts by all sorts of people ranging

The second recorded landing was made on 27th August 1883. On 26th August 1883, gunfire was heard at irregular intervals from a distance and it was thought to be signal from a ship in trouble. On the next day, Mr. Portman went to search out the unknown vessel around Rutland Island, Labyrinth group and the North Sentinel Island. The first official census after independence in 1949 and 1951 failed to record the Sentinelese. In March 1970, a wreck was spotted on a coral bed off the South East Coast.

On inspection, it was found to have been living there for the last few months. No sign of the crew was found. At least one escaped Indian convict from Port Blair is known to have made his way to North Sentinel Island Island in 1896. But the convict was killed by the Sentinelese and his body was found by a British party on the beach.

Two international ships viz M.V Rusley have wrecked by a grounding on the coral reefs in the shallow water of the North Sentinel Island recently. A major chunk is still left on the spot. These two ships have been auctioned away to the scrap dealers. Now, what is the official policy towards the Sentinels succinctly mentioned, the Island is totally isolated and is not open to any sort of colonization. It is the firm policy of the local administration not to interfere in the life of the Sentinelese.

The administration, however, keeps a vigil to prevent the possible intrusion by any poacher into the waters around the North Sentinel Island. This is in order to prevent the exploitation of the natural resources on the Island and its territorial waters by the non-tribals and also to prevent physical contact with Sentineles to avoid the possible introduction of alien diseases to which the natives have no immunity.

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Unfortunately notwithstanding the official policies and statements, repeated gift-giving visits through expeditions to befriend the Sentinelese following the way of Britishers to some extent have been organized by the local administration. But with the passage of time, the authority has well understood the matter and minimized their contact expeditions. After a long gap of two years to assess the factual situation an expedition was organized by the administration in April 2003. A contact expedition led by the Chief Sectary of Andaman and Nicobar Administration accompanied by the Secretary (Tribal Welfare), Director (Tribal Welfare), other administrative officers and the author has been conducted. In the morning 15 April 2003, the contact party came out of the mother boat in two small out boats and reached the shallow water of the North Sentinel Island.

On the seeing us with coconuts there were 40-50 natives who were hidden and watching us came out on the sandy beach from the nearby bushes. Some adult male members began to ply their canoes with the help of long poles instead of oar and they soon reached a close distance of a few meters from us. It was a very dangerous situation for us as we by then came within the domain of their arrow range. To avoid any untoward incident and the physical contact we forthwith dropped the dehusked coconuts (a dehusked coconut is floatable) into the sea for them and returned back to the mother boat safely. There is no doubt that the Sentinelese are still the undisputed lords of their Island living in complete isolation from the outside world.

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