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World's Last Stone Age Tribe Has Been Living In Isolation For 60,000 Years

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World's Last Stone Age Tribe Has Been Living In Isolation For 60,000 Years

A tribe has been living in isolation from the rest of the world for 60,000 years. Sounds ideal, doesn't it? Watch a clip of them here:

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It's estimated that the island could comfortably support between 80 and 150 people, but there could be as few as 15 or as many as 500 people living on North Sentinel Island.

The group is one of the few completely uncontacted groups in the world, which is partly because of where they are located.

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Credit: Survival International
Credit: Survival International

North Sentinel is off the track of main shipping routes, in the Bay of Bengal - with no natural harbours. Protective laws also mean people can't visit them and the tribe also fiercely protect their home from outsiders.

They also have their own language that even people from other Andaman groups can't understand, due to them being isolated for so long.

The video above dates back to 1991 when Trilokinath Pandit, a director of the Anthropological Survey of India, and his colleagues visited the island in the Indian Ocean on 4 January.

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Credit: Nutu/Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Nutu/Alamy Stock Photo

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.

However, previous videos showed the tribe shooting arrows towards people approaching the island and it's been confirmed that the Indian visits to the island ceased in 1997.

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Credit: YouTube
Credit: YouTube

Back in 2018, an American missionary, called John Allen Chau travelled to North Sentinel Island - one of the world's most isolated islands - with the intention of converting the people who live there to Christianity.

However, after the 27-year-old paid a fisherman to help him get across to the island, it became apparent he was killed by the locals once he'd arrived there.

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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Credit: Dinodia Photos/Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Dinodia Photos/Alamy Stock Photo

"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 is generally left alone and, due to their isolation, they are highly susceptible to disease and infection because they haven't developed immunity.

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It is feared the tribe could be vulnerable to coronavirus, and risk being exposed to the deadly disease by poachers fishing off their land.

Human rights group Survival International has called for strict protections to ensure outsiders stay away from the island.

Featured Image Credit: Dinodia Photos/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: World News, Interesting

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