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.
Estos Selk'nam (onas) se lo pasaban bomba!. Representación del espíritu de Ketermen o recién nacido hijo de Hálpen. Iniciación adolescente Hain. Representation of the spirit or Keternen or Xálpen newborn son. Hain ceremony (initiation of adolescents). Pueblo Selk'nam (Onas). Foto: Martin Gusinde, 1923.