The Uninfected

Uninfected by modern technology, uninfected by spyware and malware, uninfected by modern civilization, uninfected by us…

Don’t expect to see one knocking at your door seeking psychotherapy and asking what insurance you take:

Perhaps no people on Earth remain more genuinely isolated than the Sentinelese. They are thought to be directly descended from the first human populations to emerge from Africa, and have probably lived in the Andaman Islands for up to 55,000 years. The fact that their language is so different even from other Andaman islanders suggests that they have had little contact with other people for thousands of years.

This does not mean, however, that they live just as they did 60,000 years ago. Commonly described, for instance, as belonging to the ‘Stone Age’, they do in fact make tools and weapons from metal, which they recover from ships wrecked on the island’s reefs.

Like so many isolated tribal people with a fearsome reputation, the Sentinelese are often inaccurately described as ‘savage’ or ‘backward’. Their hostility to outsiders, though, is easily understandable, for the outside world has brought them little but violence and contempt.

The end of the last sentence above, “the outside world has brought them little but violence and contempt”, represents the selfish – “what-benefits-me” – conduct of civilized society we often see. Who really is “civilized”, and who really are the “savages?” One wonders at times.

We learn many things about the make-up of human beings in the movie industry. Unlike the “good guys” (earthlings) and “bad guys” (alien invaders) in Independence Day, who were the “good guys” in the marvelous movie, Avatar, and who were the “bad guys?”

For a fascinating look at four other remote cultures, the Suri Tribe of South Sudan and Ethiopia, the Ruc People of Vietnam, the Ayoreo of Bolivia and Paraguay, and the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau of Brazil see:

As noted by photographer Jimmy Nelson, author of Before They Pass Away“by going back in time, you slow down the technical process, and you also reconnect with people.”

Look at these 46 stunning photos:

Reconnecting with people is a good thing although it may involve stepping back a bit from the wonders provided by the touch of a mouse click or tap of a finger that instantly opens up a million doors, and shedding the disconnect, and doing things the “old fashioned way.”




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