Alone On Purpose

Alone On Purpose

Described as communities or groups of indigenous people in voluntary isolation or without sustained contact to neighboring communities or the world community at large, here are three groups who have little or no contact with our modern society:

The Ayoreo

The Ayoreo are an indigenous people of the Gran Chaco, a region of the Rio de la Plata basin in South America; this territory is divided between eastern Bolivia, western Paraguay, northern Argentina, and portions of Brazil. The Ayoreo number about 5,600 in total; of these, only about 100 are living in voluntary isolation today. They are the only extant uncontacted tribes of South America that do not live in the Amazon.

The Ayoreo. (source: Wikipedia).
The Dani

also spelled Ndani, and occasionally conflated with another local ethnic group, the Dani are a people from the central highlands of Western New Guinea. They are one of the best-known ethnic groups of the area, despite their isolation.

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Ndani. (source: Wikipedia).
The Sentinelese

Perhaps the most well-known of all the world’s uncontacted peoples, the Sentinelese live on North Sentinel Island, a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory of India. One of six peoples native to the island group, the Sentinelese are hostile to outsiders and have killed people who have ventured to their island, most recently in 2018, when they killed missionary John Allen Chau.

Sentinelese. (source: Wikipedia).

You will notice that this article is incredibly brief; that is because there is only so much to tell about these groups because we know very little about them. Though there are many more isolated groups in the world, information on them is just as sparse; for most of them, all we know is that they exist. maybe that will change in the future; the question is, though, is it the right decision to try and get to know these groups, or is it to leave them alone?

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