Everyone wants to get their own little island to retire on. But the truth is that there’s a reason so few people get to do it. First of all, you need a lot of money.

Second, many of those islands are still inhabited by people – and those people don’t like strangers.

North Sentinel Island sits in the Bay of Bengal, east of India.

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To passing boats, it looks like an idyllic island paradise, but it’s actually home to the Sentinelese people. And they don’t like intruders… not one bit.

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Despite living on the island for an estimated 60,000 years, few have ever made direct contact with them. And it never ended well for the visitors.

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Direct contact has occurred only a few times in history.Imgur

Attempts to land have almost always been met with a shower of arrows from the forest.

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Those who did land disappeared into the forest, never to be heard from again.

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In 2006, two fishermen who were illegally hunting for crabs drifted along the island shore. They were ambushed and killed.

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 This photo was later released by the Indian coast guard.

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All attempts to retrieve their bodies were met with a rain of arrows from the forest.image-2Atlas Obscura

Other boat crews didn’t fare well, either. 

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This sunken old ship can still be seen on Google Earth.

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In the early 1900s, the tribe started allowing boats to approach the island shores. 
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However, once the boats came closer, the Sentinelese would start shooting projectiles and make threatening gestures towards the crews.

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The Sentinelese are believed to be the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world.

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Almost nothing is known about their society. 
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We only know that they subsist almost entirely off of hunting and gathering, and that there’s no evidence of agriculture or even fire usage.

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Their language might be one of their greatest mysteries. It’s unclassified and weirdly bears no resemblance to other languages. sentinel-islandGuardians Of Fire

Their exact population is also unknown. Estimates have pegged their number as low as 40 and as high as 500.island-people-5

It’s hard to believe that tribes like these have been able to remain so isolated. Let’s hope they stay that way forever… for their safety and ours!