'Yirrikipayi (Crocodile)' 2023-02-09

60 x 60cm, locally sourced ochre on canvas


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Cat: 15-23

Yirrikipayi (Crocodile) are important to the Tiwi people, not only because many of them inhabit the waters around the islands and estuaries of the Tiwis, but because they are also a family totem danced at ceremonies and events. The Traditional Owners of Wulirankuwu Country on which Milikapiti and Jilamara Arts sits are a larger family group that identify strongly with the Yirrikipayi totem, making it a prominant dance at ceremonies around Milikapiti.