Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Pre-Neolithic tribe defends island

Sentineli shoots at chopper
Stone Age tribe kills fishermen - World -
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.

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 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.
BoingBoing has more about the tribe. I find it incredibly encouraging to know that there are still pre-Neolithic tribes that are isolated and prepared to defend themselves. I don't know why.

Video clips are available here.

After the tsunami, a helicopter flew over to see if the islanders were OK. The image here shows an islander firing arrows at the helicopter to chase it away.

Too cool.