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Wiyini Jilamara (Leaves design)

Maria Josette Orsto

ochre and acrylic on canvas

80cm x 80cm x 5cm


Wiyini means leaves, we use iron-bark leaves for smoking ceremony to cleanse bad spirits away & for healing. We also do smoking ceremony to cleanse places were people have lived after they have died & all of our ceremonies begin with a smoking using these leaves.

Ref: TDMJ15




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.

‘Bima Figures’ Maria Josette Orsto 2020

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