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Stone Age Tribe Kills Fishermen Who Strayed On To Island
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-8-2006 | Peter Foster

Posted on 02/07/2006 5:58:05 PM PST by blam

Stone Age tribe kills fishermen who strayed on to island

By Peter Foster in New Delhi
(Filed: 08/02/2006)

One of the world's last Stone Age tribes has murdered two fishermen whose boat drifted on to a desert island in the Indian Ocean.

The Sentinelese, thought to number between 50 and 200, have rebuffed all contact with the modern world, firing a shower of arrows at anyone who comes within range.

Sentinelese tribesmen prepare to fire arrows at the coastguard helicopter after the fishermen's murder

They are believed to be the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world to remain isolated and appear to have survived the 2004 Asian tsunami.

The two men killed, Sunder Raj, 48, and Pandit Tiwari, 52, were fishing illegally for mud crabs off North Sentinel Island, a speck of land in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago.

Fellow fishermen said they dropped anchor for the night on Jan 25 but fell into a deep sleep, probably helped by large amounts of alcohol.

During the night their anchor, a rock tied to a rope, failed to hold their open-topped boat against the currents and they drifted towards the island.

Tribesmen clamber over the fishermen's beached boat

"As day broke, fellow fishermen say they tried to shout at the men and warn them they were in danger," said Samir Acharya, the head of the Society for Andaman and Nicobar Ecology, an environmental organisation.

"However they did not respond - they were probably drunk - and the boat drifted into the shallows where they were attacked and killed."

After the fishermen's families raised the alarm, the Indian coastguard tried to recover the bodies using a helicopter but was met by the customary hail of arrows.

Photographs shot from the helicopter show the near-naked tribesmen rushing to fire. But the downdraught from its rotors exposed the two fisherman buried in shallow graves and not roasted and eaten, as local rumour suggested.

Mr Acharya said the erroneous belief in the tribe's cannibalism grew from the practice of another tribe, the Onge, who would cut up and burn their dead to avoid them returning as evil spirits.

"People saw the flesh cooking on the fire and thought they must be cannibals but this incident clearly contradicts that belief," he said.

Attempts to recover the bodies of the two men have been suspended, although the Andaman Islands police chief, Dharmendra Kumar, said an operation might be mounted later.

"Right now, there will be casualties on both sides," he said from Port Blair. "The tribesmen are out in large numbers. We shall let things cool down and once these tribals move to the island's other end we will sneak in and bring back the bodies."

Environmental groups urged the authorities to leave the bodies and respect the three-mile exclusion zone thrown around the island.

In the 1980s and early 1990s many Sentinelese were killed in skirmishes with armed salvage operators who visited the island after a shipwreck. Since then the tribesmen have remained virtually undisturbed.

DNA analysis of another tribe, the Jarawa, whose members made first contact with the outside world in 1997, suggest that the tribesmen migrated from Africa around 60,000 years ago.

However, the experience of the Jarawa since their emergence - sexual exploitation, alcoholism and a measles epidemic - has encouraged efforts to protect the Sentinelese from a similar fate.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aboriginals; age; andaman; fisherman; godsgravesglyphs; india; island; jawa; kills; nicobar; oogabooga; sentinelese; sentinelisland; stone; strayed; tribe
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1 posted on 02/07/2006 5:58:08 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

wonder what religion they prescribe to


2 posted on 02/07/2006 6:02:09 PM PST by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: blam
Ah.. these are the ones that do the Dell Service Line when I call I bet.

Nasty sumbitches.

3 posted on 02/07/2006 6:02:20 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping?

The Lonely Islands: The Andamanese

4 posted on 02/07/2006 6:02:21 PM PST by blam
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To: Flavius
wonder what religion they prescribe to

Some sort of indigenous unique form of animism.

When they mean isolated, they mean ISOLATED. They literally haven't had the slightest exposure to any organized religion of any kind.

5 posted on 02/07/2006 6:04:53 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

wonder how they would react if we drew some cartoons about them


6 posted on 02/07/2006 6:05:40 PM PST by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: blam

At first I thought the article was describing the Kennedy family compound on Martha's Vineyard. Then I realized this tribe was far more advanced than most liberals.


7 posted on 02/07/2006 6:07:00 PM PST by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net (The facts of life are conservative -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: blam; Squantos; Eaker; humblegunner; martin_fierro; SouthTexas

And we thought the Fish and Game Laws in the States were tough.


8 posted on 02/07/2006 6:09:39 PM PST by ChefKeith (Flies,fleas,ants,ticks,cockroaches,bad cops,lawyers,judges & politicians All the same. Useless!!!)
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To: blam
Environmental groups urged the authorities to leave the bodies and respect the three-mile exclusion zone thrown around the island.

That is disgusting. I say we send the enviro-nuts to that island.

9 posted on 02/07/2006 6:10:18 PM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: Flavius

Native Andamanese Islanders are mostly Christians. But I doubt that little fact has any bearing in this case.


10 posted on 02/07/2006 6:10:59 PM PST by sagar
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To: blam

Sounds like some civilized Muslims.


11 posted on 02/07/2006 6:11:10 PM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (expell the fat arrogant carcasses of Congress)
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To: DainBramage
Ah.. these are the ones that do the Dell Service Line when I call I bet.

LOL! "Please stay on the line, your call is important to us."

12 posted on 02/07/2006 6:11:54 PM PST by 6SJ7
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To: blam

GILLIGAN ! GILLIGAN? WHERE ARE YOU LITTLE BUDDY? :-)


13 posted on 02/07/2006 6:12:50 PM PST by JediForce (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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Environmental groups urged the authorities to leave the bodies and respect the three-mile exclusion zone thrown around the island. What? Are they an animal group to be preserved? They would rather leave them as savages? However, the experience of the Jarawa since their emergence - sexual exploitation, alcoholism and a measles epidemic - has encouraged efforts to protect the Sentinelese from a similar fate. Oh right - don't bring them into the modern world they might... live longer... have better lives...
14 posted on 02/07/2006 6:13:40 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Pharmboy; CobaltBlue

The relatives are restless tonight.


15 posted on 02/07/2006 6:17:46 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

They seem to be expressing a desire to be left alone, one which I would respect.


16 posted on 02/07/2006 6:26:08 PM PST by D.P.Roberts
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To: D.P.Roberts
I'd agree. They have some mighty pointed arguments to that effect.
17 posted on 02/07/2006 6:28:36 PM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: sagar

Given the circumstances - No, it does not.


18 posted on 02/07/2006 6:28:56 PM PST by norton
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To: blam

weird


19 posted on 02/07/2006 6:29:30 PM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality) - ("Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein)
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