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.