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Some Examples of Uncontacted People

The Man In The Hole

  • First seen in 1996

    • The man in the hole is an indigenous man who has lived alone in the Amazon for over 20 years

    • Believed to be the last member of his tribe

      • Unknown what happened to his tribe

      • Probably killed by loggers or ranchers

  • In 2007 FUNAI made a 31 mile area around The Man In The Hole a protected area

    • Expanded by 11.5 miles in 2008

  • The Man In The Hole is understandably wary of outsiders

    • Given tools like an axe

    • Seen using the tools that were given to him

  • In 2009 The Man In The Hole was attacked by someone with a gun

    • Survived

  • Called The Man In The Hole because he digs deep holes in every home he builds.

    • Over 6 feet deep

    • Used either as traps or protection

  • In 2018 FUNAI captured footage of The Man In The Hole using an axe to cut down a tree

 

The Sentinelese

  • Live on North Sentinel Island just off the coast of eastern India

    • Technically a part of India

  • Home to 40-500 people who have resisted contact from the outside world for years

    • First contact was with the British in 1880

      • Standard practice for British to kidnap

      • Found and kidnapped an elderly couple and 4 children

        • The elderly couple died

    • In 1967 the Indian government launched an expedition to make contact.

      • The Sentinelese would flee into the jungle or be hostile

      • Either dropped gifts in the water to wash up on shore or left gifts on the beach

    • In 1974 a documentary crew tried to establish contact

      • As soon as they were in range of the island the Sentinelese shot arrows at them

      • Landed their boats out of range and left gifts

        • a miniature plastic car, some coconuts, a live pig tied, a doll, and aluminum cookware

      • An arrow hit the director of the documentary in the thigh

        • The man who hit him could be seen laughing before he started lounging in the shade

      • The Sentinelese only took the coconuts and aluminum cookware

    • Members of other nearby indigenous tribes have been brought to the island in hope that they’d be able to communicate

      • These meets never work and almost always turn hostile

    • A cargo ship crashed near the island in 1981

      • The crew was evacuated by helicopter after being attacked by the Sentinelese

    • In the 90s the Sentinelese seemed to be less hostile to outsiders

      • Allowed boats to land without firing arrows

      • Meet unarmed

        • Make hostile gestures to intimidate

        • Fired arrows without arrowheads

    • In 1996 the Indian government ended attempts to contact the Sentinelese

      • There had been deaths in similar programs

      • Fear of disease

    • Appeared to have survived the 2004 tsunami

    • In 2006 two men were fishing mudcrabs nearby

      • Fell asleep (probably drunk)

      • Drifted toward the island

      • Killed by the Sentinelese

      • Attempt to retrieve the bodies resulted in attacks on helicopters

      • Indian government decided that this was not a murder

        • Sentinelese are a sovereign people with the right to kill anyone who interferes with their territory

The Korowai

  • Located in Indonesia near the border with Papua New Guinea

    • Approximately 3,000

    • Believed that they were totally unaware of the outside world until contact was established in 1974

  • First contact was simple. A scientific team was going through the area when they met 30 men

    • Basic contact was made and a simple word list was established

  • Late 1970s a team of Dutch missionaries started to live among the Korowai people

    • The Korowai were resistant to religious conversion

  • Several documentary crews made their way to the Korowai

    • Discovered that they practiced cannibalism to expel witches they call Khakua

      • Believe Khakua can inhabit someone’s body and the only way to get rid of them is to kill and eat the person

    • An Australian team working for 60 minutes was approach by a member of the Korowai people who said his 6 year old nephew was going to be eaten because he was accused of being a witch doctor

      • 60 Minutes refused to help but a team from Seven Network sent a crew

        • Seven Network’s crew ran into visa trouble

    • One BBC documentary showed footage from 1999 in which the Korowai people were terrified of seeing a “white ghost” and were convinced that it was a sign that the world was ending