Tekenika Bay, Hoste Island, Tierra
Yahgans in dugout canoe, 1898
The dugout canoe is one of the earliest
forms of sailing craft, used in different parts of the world.
For the Yahgan people of Tierra del Fuego, it was an essential
element in their itinerant lifestyle, and whole families spent
many hours aboard. Travelling the sea channels in search of marine
foodstuffs, they always kept a fire lit in the bottom of the canoe.
Although the Yahgans in this image had settled semi-permanently
near an Anglican mission, they had not yet abandoned their traditional
means of transport. For more images of this mission, see the Tekenika Album.