That’s the title of this woodcarving by Enriqueta Gastelumendi de Santin currently on display at the Museo del Fin del Mundo in Ushuaia. I liked its understated elegance and sense of power in evokes. I will be most grateful to anyone who can help with a good English language translation of the title of this work.
De Santin, a local artist who passed away in 2001, was a direct descendent of the the Selk’nam people, one of four indigenous groups who inhabited Tierra del Fuego. The group has been considered extinct since May 1974 when the last full-blooded Selk’nam died.
I also visited the Museo Yamana today, which chronicles this incredibly resourceful group who, like the Selk’nam, was quickly decimated following contact with Europeans in the late 19th century. More soon on both museums and these nomadic peoples who managed to thrive in this part of the world’s bitter conditions.
My journey north begins tomorrow with a 12-hour bus trip across Tierra del Fuego to Punta Arenas, Chile. Ciao, Ushuaia, it’s been a pleasure and privilege to meet you.