Tiwi: Art, History, Culture
A beautifully illustrated and designed, authoritative guide to the art of the Tiwi Islands. The dangerous waters separating mainland Australia from Bathurst and Melville islands have seen the blossoming of an art and culture unique to the Tiwi people. Often abstract and geometric, with strong patterns and use of colour, it is the basis for the shapes of traditional carvings, such as that used in used in burial ceremonies, and, more recently, on fabric, paper, pottery, canvas and jewellery.
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This is far from a coffee table book, it possibly one of the best resource books I have read on Tiwi art, artefacts, and culture. Jennifer Isaacs has a very engaging and enjoyable writing style. Its the first publication I have read that gives you a real sense of the depth and breadth of the Twi culture. It is wonderfully illustrated with both historic images as well as contemporary times. I have been involved in Aboriginal art and artefacts for thirty years and have an extensive library. I consider my best reference book on the Tiwi. Other references such as Mountfords Tiwi book have now become scarce and expensive to buy and its style of writing a bit of a struggle to get through. Jennifer Isaacs has been writing about Aboriginal culture for a long period now and I think this book also reflects who extensive knowledge, wisdom and maturity , capacity to research and reflection that can only come from years of involvement with Aboriginal communities. Don't hesitate to buy it you will not be disappointed