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The Last Untouched Tribe

Who lives on North Sentinel Island and what makes this tribe so violent. Is this tribe truly the last untouched tribe?

North Sentinel Island lies to the west of the other Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. It is a small island with an area of only about 23 square miles (59.7 sq. km.). It is mostly covered by a forest that gives way to a narrow beach that encircles the island. The island is also surrounded by coral reefs and dark blue water rich with fish and other sea life. What makes North Sentinel Island different from other tropical islands is its unusual inhabitants, who we will discuss in this episode of The Infographics Show, “The Untouched Tribe – North Sentinel Island.”

Walking around except for some leaves, string fibers, and other decorations, the indigenous people of North Sentinel Island, the Sentinelese, have lived in almost complete isolation from the rest of the world for nearly 60,000 years. According to a documentary about North Sentinel Island, they are “thought to be direct descendants of the first humans who emerged from Africa.” They have been isolated for so long that the language they speak has been forgotten by the rest of the world. Another concern is that their extreme isolation has made them vulnerable to modern-day diseases. They do not have immunity to them and could become seriously ill or even die as a result of being exposed to them.

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