Relating to the passing of a Tiwi person, the Pukamani pole (or Tutini) is a ceremonial carving/sculpture positioned around the grave site of the deceased that tells the story of, and celebrates, the person's life. The burial ceremonies of the Tiwi, based on the Pukamani of the mythical man Purrukapali are by far the most important events in ceremonial life. These ceremonies allow full expression of grief and provide at the same time a complete cultural outlet for philosophical beliefs, through music, art and dance.
|Title||Tutini (Pukamani Pole)|
|Size & Medium||90 x 60 cm Ochre on Canvas|
Catalog No 21-214 Title shell Artist DIANE TIPUNGWUTI Size & Medium 90 x 70 cm Ochre on Canvas Category Painting Artist Profile
Tiwi name for Fish or many fish. Catalog No 22-27 Title Muputi Artist Alexandrina Kantilla Size & Medium 90 x 60 cm Ochre on Canvas Category Painting Artist Profile
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...