The ramshackle community of wooden houses whose yards are littered with abandoned cars, set on the edge of the town of Puerto Williams - the southernmost 'city' in the world, whose population is less than 3,000 - is home to between seventy and eighty Yaghan descendents, including those who have already left. When asked why do the ancestors of the Yaghan leave Puerto Williams, Cristina answers simply, "They create families and move to other places. We don't have much help from the government, none of us even own a piece of land."
'...never taking more than they needed...'
The Yaghan, the original peoples who migrated here against all the odds, who learned to survive in the harshness of the landscape with little or no clothing, coating their bodies with whale and seal fat to protect against the numbing environment, the people who learned to survive on what they found, never taking more than they needed or destroying their bountiful landscape are now denied possession of the very lands they pioneered.