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E. Lucas Bridges, son of missionary Thomas Bridges, spent over 40 years in the wild and desolate Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. He was the only writer who lived amongst the native Fuegians in their original condition and recorded their ways.
R. Natalie P. Goodhall, a native of Ohio, has lived at Estancia Harberton since 1963 when she married Thomas D. Goodhall, a great –nephew of Lucas Bridges. She is a research scientist and specialist on the flora, mammals and birds of Tierra del Fuego. She has received numerous grants from the National Geographic Society, is a member of the Explorer's Club, recipient of the Gold Medal of the Society of Woman Geographers, and founder of the R. Natalie P. Goodall Foundation, formed to further historical and scientific research in the region.
Uttermost Part of the Earth
A History of Tierra Del Fuego and the Fuegians
E Lucas Bridges
Introduction by R Natalie P Goodall
Rapturous praise met the publication of Lucas Bridges' marvellous chronicle of Tierra del Fuego when it first came out in 1948, and that praise has hardly abated these past 60 years, nor has a book been written that supplants Uttermost Part of the Earth as the classic work on Tierra del Fuego and the little-known culture of the near-vanished native Fuegians.
When the author was born in Tierra del Fuego in 1874, it was truly an unknown land. On the southern coast was the small settlement established by his missionary parents; the rest of it, over 18,000 square miles of mountain, forest, marsh and lake, was the hunting ground of fierce and hostile tribes. Bridges grew up amongst the coastal Yaghans, learning their language and their ways. In young manhood he made contact with the wild inland Ona tribe, became their friend and hunting companion and was initiated into the men's lodge.
Surely the New York Times' critics' prediction for this book on its first publication has come true: ‘I have no doubt that Uttermost Part of the Earth will achieve a permanent place in the literature of several subjects: adventure, anthropology, and frontier history." Indeed it is still the essential work and indispensable introduction for anyone yearning to experience the breathtaking remoteness and stunning landscapes of this far-flung wilderness at the "uttermost part of the earth.’