Recently, American John Allen Chau was shot dead by tribal people living on the remote North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean.

The 27 year-old was a missionary from the United States and was attempting to convert the island’s inhabitants to Christianity before ultimately being killed by them.

The story has captured the attention of the world since it happened last week, with many condemning Chau’s selfish behaviour in attempting to contact a tribe who not only don’t want to be contacted, but are susceptible to modern diseases.

It seemed Chau knew the risk he was taking as he kept a journal, writing: “Please do not be angry at them or at God if I am killed.”


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Several people have attempted to contact the tribal people before, with similar results, but rare footage has also emerged of peaceful contact between the Sentinelese tribe and Indian people.

The clip is reportedly from 1991 when Trilokinath Pandit, a director of the Anthropological Survey of India, and his colleagues visited the island.

In the footage below, you can see the men approach the island as tribe members confront them to check them out.

The visitors can be seen throwing coconuts towards the tribe as a form of peace offering as the islanders collect them from the water.

The video is in stark contrast to footage people have seen showing the islanders shoot arrows towards visitors.

In the video below, the tribal people are much more hostile towards the visitors who are unable to get close enough to the beach to get off the boat.

Still, footage of the tribe communicating with outsiders is rare, and now one Twitter thread is attempting to explain why the natives are so hostile to people’s approach.

The explanation focuses on Maurice Vidal Portman, a Commander who had contact with the island in the 1880s who was ‘erotically obsessed with the Andamanese, and indulged his passion for photography by kidnapping members of various tribes and posing them in mock-Greek homoerotic compositions’.

It gives a pretty dark explanation, and you can read it in full here.

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