Sentinelese Tribe – UPSC Prelims

  • Sentinelese also known as the Sentineli are a negrito tribe who live on the North Sentinel Island of the Andaman.
  • Occupation: Sentinelese are hunter-gatherers, likely using bows and arrows to hunt and more rudimentary methods to catch local seafood.
  • Language: It is known that the Sentinelese speak their own language, the Sentinelese language.
  • Population: Currently, their numbers are believed to be less than 150 and as low as 40.
  • How are they protected? The Govt. of India has issued the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation, 1956 to declare the traditional areas occupied by the tribes as reserves and prohibited entry of all persons except those with authorisation.
Related Facts:
  • Tribes of Andaman and Nicobar: The Andaman Islands are home to four ‘Negrito’ tribes namely the Great Andamanese, Onge, Jarawa and Sentinelese. Nicobar Islands are home to two ‘Mongoloid’ tribes – the Shompen and Nicobarese.

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