TIL workers dismantling the wrecked MV Primrose off of North Sentinel Island were confronted by the isolated Sentinelese, but defused the situation by giving them bananas and letting them on board to acquire scrap metal. Workers were visited by the Sentinelese 2-3 times a month for 18 months.

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  1. So if the Sentinelese are going to use the scrap metal to make tools and weapons does that count as a technological revolution, sort of like entering the iron age?

    How advanced do they need to become to lose the “primitive isolated people” label?

  2. And this might just be my speculation, but I wonder if they recognized that they and the workers were both there for the same thing, and kinda respected them on that level. Like, “oh you’re just here for the scrap metal. Cool, us too.”

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