|Date of Birth:||29/10/1962|
|Mother's Country:||Wangurruwu (Marluwu), Bathurst Island|
|Father's Country:||Imalu Point, Melville Island|
|Skin Group:||March Fly|
Maria Josette Orsto who reside in Bathurst was the first female artist of Munupi Art and Crafts association, where she still work occasionally. The daughter of Jean Batiste Apuatimi and Declan Apuatimi, Maria Josette was taught painting and carving from a very early age. With her late husband a reputed carver, she has been at the forefront of the art developments in the Tiwi Islands. An acclaimed artist in her own right she has exhibited extensively Nationally and Internationally. A dedicated artist she works in many media including painting, printing batik and carving. A strong cultural woman Maria Josette creates contemporary works that bridge the old and the new through her own personal creative interpretation
Pupuni JilamaraDuring ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of ‘yoi’ (dances), are performed; some are totemic (inherited from the person's Mother) and some serve to act out the narrative...
Tokwampini is the Tiwi name for a bird. Commonly carved on Pukamani poles, it represents the ending of the creation story. Tokwampini is the father of Bima. Catalog No 16-481...