Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Southern > Southern Maritime Hunters or Canoe Hunters

Environment and Location

These groups inhabited the western coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in the far south of Chile, a region of rugged islands, fjords, and channels extending southwards from Reloncaví Sound. The climate here is cold to temperate, with abundant rainfall year-round, strong winds, and low temperatures. This is where the Chilean Coastal Mountain range descends into the sea, creating an environment of enormous rocky archipelagos and dense woodlands. Seafaring is the only viable means of travel along these rugged coasts.