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Magpie Goose

Bede Tungutalum

ochre and acrylic on ironwood

65cm x 20cm x 18cm


Hunting for traditional food is still an important part of Tiwi life even though each community has a local store. The social aspect of hunting and gathering is a shared activity and plays an important part in maintaining Tiwi culture and traditions.

The annual event of ‘going bush’ occurs during the dry season, which runs from April to August. The bush holidays or school holidays in late June, early July is a time when the whole family travels together and lives in the bush. This is referred to as ‘returning to country’. The Tiwi go bush to live as their ancestors did, hunting and fishing and living of the land.

The bush provides an abundant amount of bush tucker if you have the skills to hunt and prepare the food. There are buffalo, flying fox, possum, lizard, pig, wallaby, magpie-geese, bandicoot and carpet snakes.

The sea is rich in turtle, crocodile, dugong, oysters, mud mussels, crabs and yuwuli worms. Women often gather plums, bush apples, mangos, paw-paw and coconuts.

Ref: TDBT6




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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