Unknown Tribe to Us Becomes Infamous due to Recent Violence

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Unknown Tribe to Us Becomes Infamous due to Recent Violence

Carylin Rivera, Reporter

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NEWSROOM-  John Allen Chau, a twenty-six year old American missionary, was killed on November 17th by the world’s most isolated tribe, the Sentinelese.  He was a missionary and was killed by the tribe in an attempt to spread his faith.  Located on North Sentinel Island the Sentinelese are known for refusing contact with outsiders and will attack anyone who tries to make contact with them.

The Indian government has regulations that forbid interaction with the tribe but Chau payed off local fishermen $325 to bring him close to the island, according to USA Today.

Chau’s family has said in a statement that they forgive those who are responsible for his death.

Today we are more connected than ever before, yet isolated tribes still exist apart from our globalized society.  According to organizations such as Survival International, there are more than one-hundred isolated tribes around the world.

Environmental destruction and exploitation such as clearing forest for timber and farms are putting many of these cultures at risk.  

The Brazilian government’s National Indian Foundation, Survival International -as well as different advocacy groups- are seeking to protect these vulnerable tribes without interfering with them.  This is according to Sean Kane, reporter for Business Insider.

Although people may be intrigued to visit these remote tribes and though some intentions may be pure, it is not smart because these remote people are vulnerable to disease.  When trying to do good, people like missionaries may inadvertently bring harm to not only themselves but to the tribe as well.

In most countries contact with these tribes is banned. According to Kane, “The West Papua region in Indonesia is estimated to host more than 40 un-contacted groups. [But,] verifying that number is difficult, because of the mountainous terrain and because journalists and human-rights organizations are banned from the region by the Indonesian government.”

The unique cultures and the knowledge of the existence of these tribes is worth preserving and protecting.

Story by Carylin Rivera, Reporter

Edited by Ted Frascella, Editor in Chief

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