Selk'nam bodypainting - Ulen wind spirit). The Selk'nam or Ona people, and related tribes, were indigenous to inland Tierra del Fuego and southern mainland Patagonia. They were wiped out soon after the arrival of white missionaries & ranchers, mainly through disease but many were also hunted/murdered by ranchers whose sheep they stole.
Selk'nam bodypainting (Kataix spirit) (Scanned from postcard) The Selk'nam or Ona people, and related tribes, were indigenous to inland Tierra del Fuego (and southern mainland Patagonia). They hunted guanaco and other animals. They were wiped out soon after the arrival of white missionaries and ranchers, mainly through disease but many were also hunted/murdered by ranchers whose sheep they stole.
Danza de la lluvia realizada durante la ceremonia del Hain. Selk´nam. Tierra del Fuego. Fotografía de Martín Gusinde. 1919-1923. En: “Los Indios de Tierra del Fuego: Los Selknam”. Martín Gusinde. Editorial C.A.E.A. 1982.
The last surviving full-blooded Selk'nam (Ona) of Tierra del Fuego. Anthropologist Anne Chapman estimated that a little over hundred years ago the Selk'nam numbered probably between 3,500 and 4,000. They were decimated by loss of habitat, European diseases and the Selknam Genocide. Ángela Loij when she was young. Ángela Loij was the last surviving full-blooded Ona native woman of Tierra del Fuego. Loij was born at Sara, north of the Río Grande, where her father worked as sheep herder.
Selknam initiation ceremony. The Selknam (also known as the Ona) were an indigenous people in southern Argentina and Chile, including the Tierra del Fuego islands. They were one of the last aboriginal groups in South America to be encountered by ethnic Europeans or Westerners in the late 19th century. The last ethnic Selknam died in the mid 20th century.