An American man was killed by a small and endangered tribe in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands. The tribe is referred to as the Sentinelese. The tribe is so small, that there are said to be only between 50 and 150 surviving members.
Not much is known about their ways of life, not even what they actually look like, because the Sentinelese don’t allow for any outside contact. In fact, the name Sentinelese was given to them, with no prior knowledge of what they refer to themselves as.
Researchers say, they were the first to successfully migrate outside of Africa, nearly 60,000 years ago. Today, they remain protected under the Indian government. It is illegal for any outsiders to engage in contact with them, out of fear that the hunter-gatherers will contract disease.
The American man has been identified as John Alenn Chau, from Alabama. He was 27-years-old. Local reporters speculate that Chau may have been trying to contact the tribe, in hopes that he could convert them to Christianity. Chau was said to have tried to reach them on several other attempts, each time he failed.
The island, where the Sentinelese reside, is completely cut-off from the outside world. Chau traveled there with the help from fisherman. Upon arriving, Chau was greeted with a fleet of flying arrows. He was killed and dragged along the beach. His remains have not been recovered.
According to police, the fisherman, who helped to illegally aid Chau, have all been arrested.
“The fishermen saw the tribals tying a rope around his neck and dragging his body. They were scared and fled,” a police report said.
To make matters more complicated, under law, the Sentinelese can’t be arrested.