10 Most Isolated Communities That Forbid Outsiders

10. New Guinea tribes

When Michael Rockefeller took the 10-hour swim to a New Guinea shoreline for help after his 40-foot pontoon boat capsized, he didn’t think he would run into any problems with the natives.
10. New Guinea tribes

9. The Surma

Famous photographs of the Surma people wearing their giant “lip plugs” have circulated for years; apart from the photos, however, this isolated tribe of Ethiopia has avoided the outside world for centuries, surviving by cattle ranching in one of the earth’s most remote corners.
9. The Surma

8. The Mashco-Piro

The Mashco-Piro tribe of Peru used to stay well out of sight. In recent years, however, several sightings of the previously uncontacted tribe have been made, as their natural territory is increasingly destroyed by the logging, gas, and oil industries.
8. The Mashco-Piro

7. The Sentinelese

In 2006, when two drunken fishermen happened to get too close to the island occupied by the Sentinelese people and were killed by the fiery locals, no one from nearby India dared to appeal to the people to claim the bodies. That’s because they knew from past encounters that they would almost certainly be attacked with a slew of arrows sprung from the bows of the natives.
7. The Sentinelese

6. Russian Old Believers, of the Taiga

When geologists started a project in Russia’s remote taiga region in 1978, aerial research showed an image of what appeared to be a tiny cabin, truly in the middle of nowhere.
6. Russian Old Believers, of the Taiga

5. Pintupi Aboriginals

An isolated group of nomadic aboriginals from the ancient Pintupi tribe was discovered quite by accident in 1984 when they stumbled upon a settlement in Australia.
5. Pintupi Aboriginals

4. The Last Native American

The last sole surviving member of the Yahi tribe of native Americans shocked the modern world of 1911 when he emerged one day from the forests of California into the modern sprawl of society.
4. The Last Native American

3. Brazil’s Amazonian Tribes

The Brazilian government regularly sends aircraft over the Amazon jungle to try to photograph and assess the numbers of tribes living isolated from the world, who clearly want to keep it that way; one such photographer came under fire from a tribe, who shot arrows at the low flying aircraft.
3. Brazil’s Amazonian Tribes

2. The Man of the Hole

Of the dozens of uncontacted tribes estimated to be living in the Amazonian rainforests, one clan is said to be consisting of just one man.
2. The Man of the Hole

1. The Vietnamese Ruc

During the Vietnam war, sections of the jungle suffered brutal bombings, forcing a never before seen tribe to emerge from the devastation.
1. The Vietnamese Ruc