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)|
|Artist||REPPIE ANNE PAPAJUA (ORSTO)|
|Size & Medium||160 x 100 cm Ochre on Linen|
Catalog No 15-309 Title turtle Artist REPPIE ANNE PAPAJUA (ORSTO) Size & Medium 90 x 70 cm Ochre on Linen Category Painting Artist Profile
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