Alberto Maria de Agostini Film Biography

A short documentary created by the Museo de la Inmigración in Buenos Aires that focuses on Alberto María de Agostini. He was an Italian missionary, mountaineer, ethnographer, and author in  Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia.

Alberto Maria de Agostini (1883 – 1960) was a missionary and member the Salesians of Don Bosco order. He was born in Pollone, Piedmont, and first came to Tierra del Fuego in 1910. Over the next several decades in Chile and Argentina, he worked as a Catholic missionary with the Yámana, Alacalufes, Tehuelches and Araucanos. He also became a passionate mountaineer, ethnographer, photographer and cinematographer.

He left behind 22 books and written works in Italian, German and Spanish; a precious collection of several hundred photographs; and a documentary film. They all present his vision of Patagonia, Tierra de Fuego, and the Indigenous peoples of the region. In southern Chile, the Alberto de Agostini National Park was named after him.

Alberto Maria de Agostini Film Biography