On December 26, 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami wreaked havoc on our planet, ultimately claiming the lives of over 230,000 individuals across 14 different nations. Three days afterward an Indian government helicopter flew over the Bay of Bengal in order to scan North Sentinel Island for signs of life. The crew saw a lone figure come into view on the beach, and that figure pointed its bow and arrow defiantly at the hovering aircraft. The “lost” Sentinelese tribe had somehow survived, and its people did not want help from anyone.
It should perhaps have come as no surprise to learn that the Sentinelese people desired to be left alone – despite them being settled in what was among the worst locations in the Indian Ocean during one of history’s most lethal natural disasters.
This is a tribe, after all, that remains one of the very last civilizations to be uncontacted and untouched by wider civilization. Indeed, the tribe’s way of life has stayed pretty much a mystery for tens of thousands of years.
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