Tag Archives: Tiwi

Tiwi: Art, History, Culture

Among the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, with all the variety of language and culture they encompass, the Tiwi still stand apart.  Their language is an isolate, unrelated to those of the mainland.  Despite being among the first people to come … Continue reading

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Ngaruwanajirri: helping one another

In the Tiwi language, Ngaruwanajirri means, literally, “helping one another.”  In broader terms, it names a group of artists and the place where they practice in Nguiu (Wurrumiyanga) on Bathurst Island.  It is also the title of the first major … Continue reading

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Bindi Cole and the Sistagirls

We thought it would be really interesting for people to know that there’s Indigenous people, you know, who live the traditional cultures but who are gay, lesbian, transgender, whatever label you want to give it. –Foxxy Empire Last Tuesday the … Continue reading

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Today’s Arts Kaleidoscope

I’ve been accumulating short notices on Aboriginal art over the past weeks and will share some of these snippets today. Art on your television: The premiere of Hetti Perkins new three-part documentary Art + Soul is set for October 7 … Continue reading

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Mission and Bush

  The David Unaipon Award, established in 1988, is an annual competition that recognizes the best unpublished manuscript by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander author. The 2008 winner was Every Secret Thing (University of Queensland Press, 2009) by Marie Munkara. Like earlier … Continue reading

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Yiloga: Tiwi Warriors

One journalist. Two photographers. Five translators. Eighteen men to a side. Three thousand spectators. Yiloga! Tiwi Footy! Tiwi Footy: Yiloga is the new publication by F11 Productions in Darwin celebrating the history of Australian Rules football in the Tiwi Islands through … Continue reading

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Munupi Arts, Pirlangimpi, Melville Island, NT

The third and final stop on our tour of the Tiwi Islands was Munupi Arts in Pirlangimpi, near the northwest tip of Melville Island. This general area was the location of the first British settlement on Melville Island, Fort Dundas, … Continue reading

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