PWOJA#2-Pukumani Body Paint design-Raelene Kerinauia




2007 Natural ochres on paper. Size 76 x 56 cm with frame 91 x 73 cm

Traditional Tiwi Culture placed special significance on the Pukumani (funeral) ceremony. Mouners are decorated using ochres to disguise themselves from the spirit of the deceased and song and dance is performed to honour the dead. Yirrinkiripwoja(bodypaint) is the source of many contemporary Tiwi designs and performance of the pukumani as ritual helps to reinvigorate the imagery.