I say 'hilarious' because it shows The Guardian's ridiculous bias.
This article is dripping with Noble Savage Hippy-ness.
Nearly all contact with outsiders have been violent.
Here's an excerpt about one of the two 1991 visits that were non-violent: “They are a peace-loving people,” TN Pandit, an anthropologist who conducted one of the first successful meetings with the tribe in 1991, told an Indian news outlet this week.
and here's what Wikipedia has to say about it: 'On later visits, Pandit's boats were confronted by Sentinelese who turned their backs, which Pandit took as a sign their visit was not welcome; but they were able to leave gifts, which islanders came to take. He observed that the men carried bows and arrows, but the women did not. On one visit in 1991 the islanders took coconuts from the hands of Pandit's party, but would not allow them to enter the island'
Something that the Guardian journalist neglects to mention was the fact that during this 'peaceful' visit, the gift of coconuts was accepted but the anthropologists were still not allowed onto the island. It is believed that the Sentinelese were non-violent on this occasion because one of the anthropologists was female.
As already mentioned all other meetings with outsiders have been violent.
And yet the Guardian writer is still trying to spin it that the Sentinelese are peace-loving, quoting anthroplogists who maintain that the Sentinelese act violently because they are suspicious of outsiders, and that the Sentinelese are suspicious of outsiders because, centuries ago, Burmese slave-traders raided the Andaman islands. Now, there may be some truth in the anthroplogists' guesses but you cannot say from this that the Sentinelese are a peace loving people.
Anthropologists know literally nothing about these people.
Away from the outside world on the privacy of their island, it's possible they could be peaceful. It's also possible - and perhaps more likely, given the tribal nature of humans - that they're divided along tribal lines and fight each other.
This article seems to be soaked in the noble savage myth/bullshit, as if they're peaceful natives living in a tropical paradise. Life without modern medicine and convenience stores and supermarkets is very hard - these natives ain't chilling on a beach with cans of Lilt and Bounty chocolate bars. XD