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, 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 100 cm Ochre on Canvas|
tiwi name for ants Catalog No 21-234 Title walawalinga Artist VIRGINIA GALARLA Size & Medium 90 x 70 cm Ochre on Canvas Category Painting Artist Profile
Old Jilamara Design Catalog No 21-278 Title Parlini Jilamara Artist VIRGINIA GALARLA Size & Medium 100 x 100 cm Ochre on Canvas Category Painting Artist Profile
Catalog No 22-23 Title bush medicine Artist VIRGINIA GALARLA Size & Medium 120 x 80 cm Ochre on Canvas Category Painting Artist Profile