Posted by Smokey Stover on October 09, 2004

In Reply to: Patagonia posted by Fred on October 08, 2004

: According to Antonio Pigafetta's journal, The Voyage of Magellan , Magellan gave the Patagonians their name because they had big feet, since they stuffed straw in their shoes made of guanaco hides. (SS -- Where did you read that the natives did not know how to protect themselves from the cold?)
My remark about naked natives was not in reference to the Patagonians, but only to the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego. It comes from the account of some early explorer, but I can't say which one--perhaps the Italian one (I forget his name), whose account I have read in part (in Italian). You should read what he has to say about the natives of the Philippine Islands, especially their sexual customs. SS