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||SHIRLEY PURUNTATAMERI (NEE TIPUNGWUTI)|
|Size & Medium||90 x 70 cm Ochre on Canvas|
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 20-215...
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...
Catalog No 20-196 Title kurukuringa ( tiwi name for butterfly ) Artist Joanna Puautjimi Size & Medium 50 x 40 cm ochre on canvas Category Painting Artist Profile