Tutini (Pukumani Pole)
100 x 100 cm
Ochre on linen
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About the Artist
Shirley was born on Bathurst Island and now lives at Pirlangimpi. She and her partner have 6 children. Her dreaming is the water buffalo.
About the Work
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.
This piece comes professionally stretched