by Irma Duran

Modernization has yet to stretch around the world, as there are still locations in which there are Natives isolated from modern humans. North Sential island located in the Bay of Bengal, India, and is home to the Sentinelese tribe. The Sentinelese is one of the last known isolated groups remaining in the world, which first made contact with the British in the 1880s, in an event that resulted in the capture of six tribe members. Four were returned to the island, along with infections and diseases that were foreign to them. This killed many of the Sentinelese and resulted in a decline of their population. According to a 2011 census, their population is only 15 people. Despite the protection and a promise of isolation given to them by the Indian law, missionary John Allen Chau ventured, onto the island by canoe on November 16 with the help of fishermen. Chau’s inspiration to undergo such a mission was due to a prior visit to the island. He told his friend he wanted to return to give gifts to the tribe. He returned with arrow wounds and was not seen or heard of after that. Fishermen reported seeing the tribe dragging the missionaries body around. His family were saddened by the news of his death, but they were able to forgive the Sentinelese tribe of their actions as they understood the mission Chau strove for.


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