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Kulama (Yam Ceremony)

Maria Josette Orsto

ochre and acrylic on canvas

90cm x 60cm x 5cm


Kulama is very special ceremony for Tiwi people. End of wet season we have Kulama.We make fire and cook special Kulama yam. This ceremony is for; initiation, good health, good marriage, good hunting and children get Tiwi names from family. They sing for three days and three nights. After this,  when Kulama is finished we dance for our sister `Kulama’.





Tiwi Designs Aboriginal Corporation

Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation was incorporated in 1980 and is one of the longest established Indigenous art centres in Australia. However, the beginnings of Tiwi Design emerged in 1969 when two young men, Bede Tungatalum and Giovanni Tipungwuti began carving into wood blocks and printing onto textiles. These young men became known as the first Indigenous screen-printers in Australia and began a tradition that continues today at Tiwi Design.

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