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The Sentinelese are one of six indigenous peoples of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, along with the Great Andamanese, the Jarawas, the Onge, the Shompen, and the Nicobarese.

The Sentinelese sometimes referred to as the Sentinel, are an indigenous tribe who live on North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal, in the northeastern Indian Ocean. They are classified as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group and a Scheduled Tribe and are included in the larger category of Andamanese peoples.

The Sentinelese are the world's most remote tribe, and their quest has intrigued millions. They are self-sufficient on their tiny wooded island, North Sentinel, around the size of Manhattan. The Sentinelese have always been resistant to contact with the outside world. They are hostile against strangers and have murdered anyone who has attempted to land or landed on the island.


Group of Andamanese Sentinels catching turtles. wikimedia


The Sentinelese are hunters and gatherers by nature. They probably utilize bows and arrows to hunt terrestrial animals and capture local shellfish such as mud crabs and shells using primitive ways. Because of the number of roasted shells found in their villages, it is assumed that they eat a lot of molluscs. Some of their customs have not progressed beyond those of the Stone Age, and they are not known to have engaged in agriculture in the past.

The Sentinelese have been observed to have certain commonalities as well as some differences with the Onge People (another indigenous tribe of Little Andaman, one of the Andaman Islands in India). They all cook their food in a same manner. They have a lot in common when it comes to body decor and material culture.

There are also some similarities in the way their canoes are constructed. With sloping leaf-covered roofs and four-pole construction, the Sentinelese live in tiny, makeshift temporary houses. Having scavenged metal to make tools and weapons, as well as accepting aluminium cookware abandoned by the National Geographic Society in 1974, they understand the importance of metal.

man holding archer statue The Sentinelese are hunters and gatherers by nature. They probably utilize bows and arrows to hunt terrestrial animals and capture local shellfish such as mud crabs and shells using primitive ways. Photo by Alireza Sahebi on Unsplash



Except for reusing scavenged metal by cold forging, they appear to be completely ignorant of metallurgy. They have also created boats that are suited for lagoon fishing, but instead of using paddles or oars to move them, they use long poles. They hardly ever utilize the canoes for cross-island travel. Bark strings are worn by both sexes, and daggers are always tucked into the waist belts of the males. They do, however, wear various decorations, like necklaces and headbands, but they are otherwise completely bare. It has been reported that people have been seen wearing the jawbones of deceased relatives.

The women have been observed dancing in a bent-knee stance, slapping both hands on their thighs at the same time as tapping their feet in a rhythmic manner.

The Sentinelese are one of six indigenous peoples of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, along with the Great Andamanese, the Jarawas, the Onge, the Shompen, and the Nicobarese. Photo by Vinayak Sharma on Unsplash



The Sentinelese are one of six indigenous peoples of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, along with the Great Andamanese, the Jarawas, the Onge, the Shompen, and the Nicobarese. They are also one of the most reclusive of these peoples. The Sentinelese, in contrast to the other races, appear to have continuously denied any contact with the rest of the world. Their attitude toward strangers is hostile, and they have killed anyone who have approached or landed on the island.

The first peaceful contact with the Sentinelese was established on January 4, 1991, by Triloknath Pandit, director of the Anthropological Survey of India, and his team.

From 1997, Indian tourists were no longer permitted to visit the island. Survival International lobbyists protest and utilise public pressure to ensure that their right to stay disconnected from the outside world is maintained by the government. It is possible that illnesses to which they are not immune to will wipe out the whole tribe if they come in contact with others.



Keywords: Sentinelese, Nicobarese, Andaman Tribes , Indigenous, Great Andamanese.


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