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This article aims to shed light on the background to a media event that occupied the world press, and even more the digital media, for a few weeks at the end of last year. The trope of the violent ‘murder’ of a white missionary by one of the last ‘uncontacted tribes’ is likely to evoke a variety of Western projections. Ultimately, it is about power...
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... is no evidence that Marco Polo sighted Sentinelese in 1290 on his voyage to China (the island was on his way). Indian anthropologists, such as Vishvajit Pandya and Triloknath Pandit, assume that there was much trade between the population of North Sentinel and the neighbouring islands, and probably also intergroup marriages, which would have been interrupted by English colonization (Pandya 2009a,b). There is evidence that in 1880 the British officer, Portman, responsible for the Andaman Islands, visited the island, abducted several Sentinelese and for 'scientific purposes' shipped them to the colonial base, Port Blair, on the main island, where the two adults among them died of infections. ...