Emily Field, SF Gate, July 22, 2015
Picture your perfect tropical destination getaway. You’re nearing an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and on the outskirts of a lush rainforest. But instead of being greeted with a piña colada, the first thing you see is a crowd of indigenous tribe members charging towards you with spears. Sound fun yet?
North Sentinel Island, a stunning land mass in the Bay of Bengal that is a territory of India, is home to the Sentinelese tribespeople, who number between 50 and 400, according to Fox News, and have been residents for 60,000 years.
The indigenous tribe is one of the last on the planet to live life in extreme isolation, separate from the rest of the modern world.
The Telegraph reports that the tribe is allegedly one of the last pre-Neolithic tribes in the world, having survived the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004, which took the lives of over 200,000 people.
The tribe, protective of their existence and their home, has amassed a record of rejecting island visitors.
The Sentinelese concealed themselves when the Indian government explored the island in 1967 and later claimed it.
In 2006, two fishermen were killed by the Sentinelese and placed in open graves after boating a little to close to shore. When a helicopter attempted to retrieve the bodies of the slain, they could not land due to the firing of arrows.