Selk´nam People, Tierra del Fuego, Martín Gusinde.
Martin Gusinde, Selk'nam man dressed for Hain Cerimony, 1923
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.
A hauntingly beautiful portrait of Selk´nam women, native Americans to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. This tribe of indigenous people were wiped out by genocide with settlement of their land by sheep ranches in the late 19th & early 20th centuries. The last Selk'nam tribe member died in 1974. #photography #portrait
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