SUSAN WANJI WANJI - 12sww239

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’.

Catalog No 12sww239
Title Jilamara Design
Artist SUSAN WANJI WANJI
Size & Medium 120x80cm ochre on linen
Category Painting
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