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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:27 pm

North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. It lies to the west of the southern part of South Andaman Island.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:28 pm

North Sentinel Island is unique because it is surrounded by coral reefs and lacks natural harbors. For this reason, the area was never settled by Europeans and deforested.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:30 pm

The island is almost completely covered in old growth trees and is 72 km² (27.8 sq mi). Due to the isolation, North Sentinel Island has become home to the last pre-Neolithic tribe known as the Sentinelese.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:32 pm

The Sentinelese tribe consists of 50 to 400 individuals. The group strongly rejects any contact with the outside world. Its the secrete world of their own..

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:33 pm

On January 26, 2006, two men were illegally fishing for mud crabs near North Sentinel Island when they were attacked and killed by Sentinelese.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:35 pm

The Indian coastguard attempted to recover the bodies using a helicopter, but they were met by a hail of arrows. It seems those people don't want to be disturbed..

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:37 pm

It was reported that the fisherman’s bodies were buried in shallow graves and not roasted and eaten. However, the idea that the tribe would eat the men is very real.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:38 pm

During the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, North Sentinel Island was greatly damaged. The tsunami sank some of the surrounding coral reefs and raised others.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:40 pm

The coastline of the island was completely demolished. The Sentinelese fishing grounds were disturbed, but the tribe has since adapted to the current conditions.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:41 pm

The Sentinelese maintain an essentially hunter-gatherer society, obtaining their subsistence from the forest through hunting, fishing, and collecting wild plants.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:43 pm

The Sentinelese has even been known to use untipped arrows for warning shots. Their agricultural practices and methods for producing fire are currently unknown.
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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:45 pm


The Sentinelese weaponry consists of javelins and a flatbow, which has an extremely high accuracy against human-sized targets up to nearly 10 meters (32.8 feet).

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:46 pm

There food consists primarily of plantstuffs gathered in the forest, coconuts which are frequently found on the beaches, pigs, and presumably other wildlife (which apart from sea turtles is limited to some smaller birds and invertebrates).

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