Punpuni Jilamara

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Punpuni Jilamara

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Pupuni Jilamara 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 turtyangijari (the different natural ochre colours) in varying designs, transforming the dancers and, in some cases, providing protection against recognition by mapurtiti (spirts). 

These designs can be applied in different ways one of which is using finger painting or in this case a brush.Painting of the face also occurs. These significant artistic designs collectively are called 'Jilamara'.

Size - 92cm x 92cm