Jilamara Bowl Design
During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a seise of “Yoi”(dances) are performed, some are totemic (inherited from their mother) and some serve to act out the narrative of newly composed songs.
Participants in these ceremonies are painted with turtiyanginari (natural ochre colours) in varing designs, transforming the dancers and, in some cases, providing protection against recognition by mapurtiti (spirits).
These designs can be applied in different ways.
Ochre is applied to the body and face.
These significant artistic designs collectively are called “Jilamara”