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Tiwi Islands

These images are now 20 years old, but a recent enquiry reminds me that the islands still receive very few visitors. Bathurst and Melville, the two islands, are separated by the narrow Apsley Strait, and are aboriginal land to which casual visits are not usually possible, except during the annual Australian Rules football championship.

The Tiwi are an Australian aboriginal people whose uniquely matriarchal culture evolved in isolation from the mainland over thousands of years. These Aborigines knew no boomerangs, spear throwers - or kangaroos - but did develop distinctive art forms, including the carved and painted pukamani grave poles prized by museums and collectors worldwide. Hunting for "bush tucker" remains the favourite weekend pursuit although day to day supplies are bought at the community store.

Original images were 35mm E6 process transparencies, and are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org.

Community hall at Nguiu
Community hall at Nguiu
A display of Pukamani grave poles
A display of Pukamani grave poles
Font in the Catholic chapel
Font in the Catholic chapel
Two friends
Two friends
Graves out in the 'bush'
Graves out in the 'bush'
Pukamani poles (in a New York museum)
Pukamani poles (in a New York museum)
Taracumbie Falls
Taracumbie Falls
Taracumbie Falls
Taracumbie Falls
Hunting for goanna in a hollow log
Hunting for goanna in a hollow log
Caught!
Caught!
Tiwi women gathering seafood
Tiwi women gathering seafood
Putjamirra Beach
Putjamirra Beach
Women and girls cooking whelks
Women and girls cooking whelks
Women and girls cooking whelks
Women and girls cooking whelks
Putjamirra Beach
Putjamirra Beach