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. Photo by Martin Gunside, 1923: Selknam People during the Hain Ceremony in Tierra Del Fuego
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.
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.
este es uno de los espiritus de la ceremonia del Hain ..o ceremonia de iniciacion para los mas jovenes de los selk´nam etnia de la patagonia que vivio por miles de años en Tierra del fuego y fueron extinguidos en menos de 20 años!!