Patagonia - Natural History, Prehistory and Ethnogby Colin McEwan (Editor), Luis Alberto Borrero (Editor), Alfredo Prieto (Editor), Luis A. Borrero (Editor)
These intrepid nomads confronted a hostile climate every bit as forbidding as Ice Age Europe as they
Some fourteen to ten thousand years ago, as ice-caps shrank and glaciers retreated, the first bands of hunter-gatherers began to colonise the continental extremity of South America. Their arrival marked the culmination of mankind's epic journey to people the globe.
These intrepid nomads confronted a hostile climate every bit as forbidding as Ice Age Europe as they settled the wilds of Fuego-Patagonia. Much later, sixteenth-century European voyagers encountered their descendants: the Aonikenk (southern Tehuelche), Selk'nam (Ona), Yamana (Yahgan) and Kawashekar (Alacaluf).
The first contacts led to tales of a race of giants and, ever since, Patagonia has exerted a special hold on the European imagination. Tragically, by the mid twentieth-century the last remnants of the indigenous way of life had disappeared for ever.
The essays in this volume trace a largely unwritten history of human adaptation, survival and eventual extinction. Published to accompany a major exhibition on Fuego-Patagonia at the Museum of Mankind, London.
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