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 of newly composed songs. Participants in these ceremonies are painted with turtiyanginari (the different natural ochre colours) in varying designs, transforming the dancers and, in some cases, providing protection against recognition by mapurtiti (spirits). These designs can be applied in different ways, one of which is using the finger, or in this case a brush. Painting of the face also occurs. These significant artistic designs collectively are called ‘Jilamara’.
|Size & Medium||100 x 50 cm Ochre on Canvas|
Turtle Catalog No 14-22 Title Jarrakalani Artist SUSAN WANJI WANJI Size & Medium 80 x 50 cm ochre on linen Category Painting Artist Profile
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