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Rare footage shows how uncontacted people react outsiders on remote island where American was killed

Rare footage shows how uncontacted people react outsiders on remote island where American was killed

The isolated Sentinelese peoples of North Sentinel Island fiercely protect their home from outsiders.

A video has captured an incredibly rare and peaceful moment between a 30,000-year-old Sentinelese tribe and a group of visitors from India.

The isolated Sentinelese peoples of North Sentinel Island have been known to fiercely protect their home from outsiders.

Although the tribe is largely 'uncontacted’, they still do come into contact with people now and again.

Watch below to see Trilokinath Pandit, a director of the Anthropological Survey of India, and his colleagues visit the island in the Indian Ocean on 4 January, 1991:

In the film, you see the surveyors approach the island by boat as members of the tribe head on to the beach to take a look at their new visitors.

The surveyors throw coconuts towards the tribe as a form of peace offering and members of the tribe collect them from the water.

The footage is a stark contrast to other videos previously shot of the island - Survival International once posted a video showing the tribe shooting arrows towards people approaching the island and it's been confirmed that the Indian visits to the island ceased in 1997.

The tribe have been known to aggressively repel outsiders who attempt to approach the remote island.

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In 2018, American John Allen Chau, 26, travelled to North Sentinel Island after reportedly paying fishermen to ferry him over.

Some Christian groups claimed the man was a missionary and had been finding a way to reach the island.

But when he got there, he was killed by members of the tribe armed with bows and arrows.

The indigenous people of North Sentinel Island are protected by law and it is illegal to go over to the island - under Indian law, you cannot enter a five nautical mile radius of the island.

At the time, a spokesperson for International Christian Concern said: "We here at International Christian Concern are extremely concerned by the reports of an American missionary being murdered in India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to both John's family and friends. A full investigation must be launched in this this murder and those responsible must be brought to justice."

The tribe - thought to be made up of around 150 people - are generally left alone by the government and, due to their isolation, they are highly susceptible to disease and infection because they haven't developed immunity.

As reported by The Guardian, the Indian government has a 'hands off, eyes on', policy to the Sentinelese, meaning officials moor boasts nearby to the island every couple of months to check on their welfare.

Featured Image Credit: Survival International

Topics: Travel, History