A new landmark publication marking a century in the lives and culture of the unique Tiwi people of Bathurst and Melville Islands. Tiwi culture, history and traditional stories are now vividly expressed through lines, pattern and colour in many media- painting, carving their unique Pukumani burial poles, printing on fabric and paper, pottery, glass and bronze sculptures. They are traditional artists who make work for family use and ceremony and they are abstract contemporary artists too, some of the most admired in Australia. Making art is a fundamental act for Tiwi. Hundreds of images of old and new paintings and unique carvings are interwoven with many stories - of buffalo hunting camps, Indonesian fishermen, and the story of how in 1911 a lone priest, speaking French, came ashore and changed their world. Excerpts from his diarised account, and many historic images of people and activities add to the immediacy of the encounters. Six years in the making, with research and oral histories from numerous eye witnesses, art workers and collectors, as well as art from the Tiwi Art Centres and seminal collections, this book stands as a monument to Tiwi people and their current endeavours to "Keep Tiwi Culture Strong".
About the Author: Jennifer Isaacs is a writer and art consultant who is well known for the role she has played in educating policy makers and the general public through her seminal books on Aboriginal culture. Jennifer is a prominent arts manager consultant and keynote speaker.