Jarawa Tribe: Even the government does not interfere in the life of this tribe, know why it is dangerous to enter their area!
In the present day, diverse indigenous communities around the world are maintaining unconventional and exotic lifestyles. Delving deeper into the details of these communities is often surprising. Today, we will look into the interesting story of a special tribe recognized as the oldest living indigenous group in the world. The mysterious Sentinel Island, located within the Andaman Islands, is home to the Jarawa tribe, a mysterious population. Surprisingly, outsiders are strictly forbidden to enter their territory due to the potential risks and the Government of India has officially banned entry into the region.
The Jarawa indigenous community lives on Sentinel Island and another neighboring island called Onge. The population of the Jarawa tribe is estimated to be around 400 individuals. The people living on Sentinel Island are also called Sentinelese.
The Jarawa tribe subsists on traditional practices such as hunting with bow and arrow, targeting creatures such as boar, turtle, and fish. In addition, they gather fruits, root vegetables, and honey to supplement their diet. Remarkably, they are one of the rare tribes whose internal affairs remain largely untouched by the influence of the Indian government. Furthermore, outsiders including industrialists, government officials, police, and military personnel are strictly prohibited from entering the area. The reasoning behind this lies in the challenging nature of returning from the island.
This tribe maintains an atmosphere of danger and shows no interest in welcoming outsiders into their territory. They display hostility towards any external presence, often becoming aggressive when confronted with unfamiliar individuals.
Historical accounts suggest that after the devastating 2004 tsunami that affected the Andaman Islands, the Indian Coast Guard attempted to assess the situation, including the welfare of the Jarawa tribe. However, their efforts were met with resistance, as members of the tribe shot fire-lit arrows at the helicopters, thwarting any further attempts. In 2006, a group of unsuspecting fishermen unknowingly landed on the island, which faced a hostile reaction from the tribe, sparing no lives.
Although this dangerous island comes under the jurisdiction of India, many mysteries remain around it. According to popular legend, the existence of the Jarawa tribe spans an astonishing 60,000 years. Nevertheless, their traditions, language, and lifestyle remain largely mysterious, allowing limited information to be known.