Tiwi Pima Art, Bathurst Island NT
Private Collection, USA
Private Collection, NSW
Paddy Henry was a renowned carver and ceremonial leader on Melville Island.
Tokampini (birds) are present throughout the creation story of the Tiwi people. They were mortal beings who were messengers, mourners, informers and law makers. They bore witness to the end of the creation period and were fundamental in making and delivering to mortal Tiwi people the new laws for the land. Tokampini's daughter Bima and her son Jinarni are central figures in the Purrukapali creation myth and song cycle which lies at the centre of Tiwi ceremony and culture.Share