As the sun set on the evening of the Nov. 15, 2018, John Allen Chau sat contemplating North Sentinel Island,…
As the sun set on the evening of the Nov. 15, 2018, John Allen Chau sat contemplating North Sentinel Island, where he was soon to meet his end. He had long dreamed of making contact with the Sentinel people, and his diary tells us he was “disappointed” that they had not accepted his advances to them: “My name is John. I love you and Jesus loves you! “He writes of a language barrier, but the simple message they were communicating somehow eluded him completely. The islanders were “defensive and hostile.” They shouted, shot arrows at him, chased him away.
The Sentinelese are one of more than 1
00 uncontacted tribes living today, the vast majority of them in the Amazon. I motsetning til nogle sensasjonelle rapportering, disse samfundene er ikke “lost”, “Neolithic” eller på nogen måde fanget i en “land som tiden glemte.” De er opmærksomme på omverdenen, bruger og tilpasser eksterne varer til deres egne formål og kan well engage sporadically with contacted tribes nearby. De velger ikke å ha samspill med det vanlige samfund, ofte fordi katastrofale vold og sygdomme har haft kontakt med deres folk i fortiden. It’s their choice, and their right.
We all claim the right to be safe. We put locks on our doors, and are selective with who we admit to the places we call our own because we want to minimize risk. De risiko Chau posed to the Sentinelese can not be overstated. It is not uncommon for 90% of a tribe to perish following first contact. To give one example of the risks, such contact can expose people to deadly pathogens to which they have no immunity, like Peru’s Nahua people, half of whom died in the year after they were contacted. One day the Sentinelese may decide among themselves that they want to engage with a wider world. Men det er deres risiko å ta, og så må det være deres valg å lage. Dette er hvorfor vi skal høre når uncontacted folk demonstrerer at de ønsker å være igjen alene; To potentially expose an entire people to annihilation is bad enough, but to do so completely against their clearly-expressed wishes is an act of extreme violence.
We all claim the right to choose for ourselves how we live our lives. Forced contact denies uncontacted people that choice. Make no mistake; uncontacted tribes know painfully well we are here, and they do not want to talk to us. Mens de Sentinelese kan skyte pilene fra deres island fortress, andre ukontaktede stammer som Kawahiva, som er på den brinke eller udryddelse i Brasilien, er ubeskyttede af naturlige barrierer og skal simpelthen løbe og skjule fra invaders. Når uncontacted folk vil kontakte, de gør det. In 2014, in twee aparte incidents, groepen of maar van de oncontacte Sapanawa stammen benaderden een inheemse dorp met de voor de hand liggende bedoeling van het oprichten van contact. Interpreter Zé Correia reported what they said:
“The majority of the old people were massacred by non-Indians in Peru who shot at them with guns and set fire to the houses of the uncontacted. De sier at mange gamle mennesker døde og at de begravede tre folk i en grav. They say that so many people died that they could not bury them all and their corpses were eaten by vultures. “
Read more: Is it Ethical to Leave Uncontacted Tribes Alone?
The Sapanawa had been driven from their homes by fear and desperation. Kan enige vrije keuze worden gemaakt waar illegale loggers, drughandelaars, oliebedrijven en sommige missionarissen onzekere mensen aan extreme risico’s van horrende geweld en verwoestende epidemieën voordoen?
Voor oncontacteerde mensen, die een catastrofe hebben, tenzij hun land is beschermd, veiligheid en autonomie kan bare komme fra anerkendelsen og forsvarlig beskyttelse af deres landets ejendomsrettigheder.
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