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Reproduced courtesy of Alick Tipoti and Australian Art Network

Gubau Aimai Maibaigal (Four Winds)

Date: 2006
Dimensions:
Overall: 1000 × 3200 mm
Image: 810 × 3000 mm
Medium: Ink on Hahnemuhle 350gsm paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with funds from the Sid Faithfull and Christine Sadler program supporting Contemporary Indigenous Maritime Heritage in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands through the ANM Foundation
Object Copyright: ©Alick Tipoti
Classification:Art
Object Name: Linocut
Object No: 00054666
Related Place:Torres Strait,

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    Description
    Alick Tipoti Torres Strait Islands, print 'Gabau Aimai Mabaigal' (wind makers). A cross between contemporary and traditional knowledge depicted in an Indigenous calendar showing natures rhythms over the course of four seasons through a Torres Strait Island perspective. The seasons are depicted by four male characters representing the wind. Print also contains pictures of flora and fauna creating a diagram that informs how these life cycles are mapped into weather patterns helping to remember important survival knowledge.

    SignificanceProvides a contemporary interpretation of traditional Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, songs and stories
    HistoryTorres Strait Island cosmology is passed down through generations in mythological narratives that help preserve knowledge about biophysical life cycles; wind patterns and ocean currents; and the celestial positioning of stars at various times of the year. Human survival on these islands depends on having this knowledge of nature and its rhythms, to know the sources of fresh water, the right time of year to hunt particular bird and marine life and the collection of shells and plants for food and medical use.
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