During 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. Ochre is applied to the body and face. These significant artistic designs collectively are called ‘Jilamara’.
|Artist||SUSAN WANJI WANJI|
|Size & Medium||120x80cm ochre on linen|
Turtle Catalog No 16-212 Title Jarrakalani, Artist SUSAN WANJI WANJI Size & Medium 120 x 80 cm Ochre on Linen Category Painting Artist Profile
As told by Susan: "When I was little I used to go hunting with the elders, we would hunt for fish, turtle, crab, yam, and mud mussels - or any...
Traditional Tiwi bark basket, used to carry food when out getting bush tucker. Catalog No 16-595 Title Tunga Artist SUSAN WANJI WANJI Size & Medium 180 x 150 cm Ochre...