Tiwi art - Melville Island

  • Natural pigments on Canvas - year 2019

  • 210cm x 40cm

  • Catalogue number: 19-292

  • $1,500.00 AUD

  • or $150.00 per month over 10 months with Art Money

There is a prescribed ritual to be followed during the KULAMA ceremony.

The KULAMA design depicts this important ceremony of the Tiwi people.​

The dancers and singers create a circle and prepare the poisonous yam for eating, as indicated by the circles in the painting.​

The KULAMA ceremony was given to the Tiwi people by the NYINGAWI who are little spirit people. 

It is a celebration of life and food, occurring at the end of the wet season.​

The Tiwi people know when to perform KULAMA, when the last full moon of the wet season has a yellow halo surrounding it, which tells them that JAPARRA, the moon man, is ready for it to begin.