Pwoja Jilamara

Alison Puruntatameri

"Pwoja Jilamara" is about our ceremonies. During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of ‘yoi’ (dances), are performed; some are totemic and some serve to act out the narrative of newly composed songs. Participants are painted with Turtiyanginari (the different natural ochre colours) in varying designs, transforming the dancers and providing protection against recognition by Mapurtiti (spirits). These designs can be applied in different ways, one of which is using the pwoja (or Kayimwagakimi), a traditional Tiwi ‘comb’ usually carved from ironwood or bloodwood. After being dipped in ochre and applied to the body a straight row of dots is imprinted. Once completed, these dots are then collectively called Yirrinkiripwoja (body painting). Painting of the face also occurs. These artistic designs are called ‘Jilamara’.

Medium: Painting

H  200cm x W 185cm    x D 2 cm

Catalogue Number:  22AP02