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In 1991, the first instance of friendly close contact was reported when the Sentinelese approached a dinghy carrying various gifts without any weapons and collected them. In the early 1990s, the Sentinelese began allowing boats to approach the shore
In 1996, the Indian government ended the contact expeditions after a series of hostile encounters resulting in several deaths
On 27 January 2006, Indian fishermen Sunder Raj (48) and Pandit Tiwari (52), who had been attempting to illegally harvest crabs off North Sentinel Island, drifted towards the island after their boat's makeshift anchor failed during the night. They did not respond to warning calls from passing fishermen, and the boat drifted into the shallows near the island, where a group of Sentinelese warriors attacked the boat and killed the fishermen with axes.
In November 2018, John Allen Chau, a 26-year-old American missionary trained and sent by Missouri-based All Nations, travelled illegally to North Sentinel Island, with the help of local fishermen, intending to make contact with and live among the Sentinelese.
in 1967, a group of 20 people led by T. N. Pandit, an anthropologist working for the Anthropological Survey of India, travelled to North Sentinel Island to explore the island and attempt to befriend the Sentinelese.
in 1974 aluminum cookware left by the National Geographic Society in 1974 is one of the few documented cases of their accepting a gift from outsiders. a National Geographic film crew went to the island with a team of anthropologists to film a documentary
In August 1981, the cargo ship Primrose ran aground in rough seas just off North Sentinel Island, stranding a small crew. After a few days, a reported 50 islanders appeared, threatening the crew.
In the mid-1990s, the Indian government set up a state welfare agency to look after the island's tribal groups and began a series of contact expeditions
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