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Martin Gusinde/Anthropos Institute/Éditions Xavier Barral Selk’nam initiates pretend to be dead ‘victims’ of Halahaches, spirit of the netherworld, 1923

Los selknam eran los primitivos pobladores del área.

The Selk'nam, also known as the Ona, lived in the Patagonian region of southern Chile and Argentina including the Tierra del Fuego islands.

Ein Schamane präsentiert den Frauen K'ternen, das Baby der Erdgöttin Xalpen. K'ternens Körper ist mit rotem Ocker bemalt und mit Daunen bedeckt, Selk’nam (Onas), Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, 1923, photo: Martin Gusinde.

K’terrnen, the spirit Xalpen’s baby, is presented to the woman by the shaman Tenenesk. Entirely daubed in red ochre, his body is covered with fluffy goose down.

Femmes Onas de Patagonie photographiées par Martin Gusinde en Women painted for the Kewaleft accent on anix parade. Left to right is Elik, Angela Loij and Imshuta.