Indigenous Selk'nam Indians, Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile
Indigenous Selk'nam Indian Woman of Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena, Chile - toward the southernmost point on the South American mainland, pictured with her laden horse. The nomadic Selk'nam, also known as the Onawo or Ona people, were an indigenous people in the Patagonian region of 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. In the late 19th century and early 20th century (interestingly the exact date of this card), estancieros and gold prospectors launched a campaign of extermination against the indigenous peoples of Tierra del Fuego, including the almost complete genocide of the Selk, nam, now termed the Selk, nam Genocide. Date: circa 1901
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
PIGAFETTA, Francesco Antonio de (1480-1534)
"PIGAFETTA, Francesco Antonio de (1480-1534). Italian navigator and writer. He travelled with Ferdinand Magellan and he related his experiences in "Relazione del primo viaggio intorno al mondo" (Report on the First Voyage Around the World). Ysole de li ladroni" (Island of the thieves) in Mariana Islands. Illustration belonging to an edition from 18th c. Engraving."
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