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The Stone Age Tribe on a Banned Island You Can’t Visit

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North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands, which includes South Sentinel Island, in the Bay of Bengal. It is home to the Sentinelese who, often violently, reject any contact with the outside world, and are among the last people worldwide to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization. As such, only limited information about the island is known.

Nominally, the island belongs to the South Andaman administrative district, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In practice, Indian authorities recognise the islanders’ desire to be left alone and restrict their role to remote monitoring. Thus the island can be considered a sovereign entity under Indian protection.