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 70 cm Ochre on Linen|
The Kulama design depicts this important ceremony of the Tiwi people; the dancers and singers create a circle and prepare the poisonous yam for eating, as indicated by the circles...
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 17-128...