Two Native South American, Tierra del Fuego Carved Whalebone Spear Heads

Two Native South American, Tierra del Fuego Carved Whalebone Spear Heads

1800 to 1900 Tierra del Fuego

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Two Native South American, Tierra del Fuego Carved Whalebone Spear Heads
19th Century

Sizes: a: 41cm long – 16 ins long
b: 38.5cm long – 15¼ ins long
The Indians of Tierra del Fuego used these spears to catch fish, penguins and seals off the rocky coastline of the island group now divided by Chile and Argentina. It is separated from the mainland by the Strait of Magellan, and Cape Horn is at the southern most point of Latin America. To the south of the main island is the Beagle Channel named after the ship of Charles Darwin's voyage. In December 1775 Captain Cook on his second voyage put down anchor and called the area Christmas Sound. It was here that Hodges drew his famous portrait of the 'Man in Christmas Sound.'

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