Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association
22 June 2021 – 11 July 2021
Ngirramini, Yimunga, Murrakupupuni (Story, Tribe, Country)
Michelle Woody Minnapinni
Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri
Ngirramini, Yimunga, Murrakupupuni (Story, Tribe, Country) brings together the work of six of the Tiwi islands most dynamic emerging and senior artists in an exhibition of new work at MARS Gallery, Melbourne. Across three spaces the works in the exhibition reflect the underpinnings of Tiwi culture, art and life. Ngirramini, Yimunga, Murrakupupuni can translate as ‘Story, Tribe and Country’ but as Pedro Wonaeamirri describes these concepts are all inherently interlinked and connected.
‘One word in Tiwi language, it can also mean many things. For instance Yimunga means what’s your tribe it also what time is it, also heart and pulse and it is the sun. Murrakupupuni is the land also Country. Ngirramini means song, also story and also it can mean causing trouble. Ngirramini, Yimunga, Murrakupupuni these are really important to us all Tiwi people. These are all how we connect. You connect to the songs, your dance and the stories, you connect to your country through your father and grandfathers blood and you connect to you tribe because of your mother.’
Pedro Wonaeamirri 2021