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Reproduced courtesy of Alick Tipoti and Australian Art Network


Date: 2006
Overall: 1020 × 2205 mm
Image: 810 × 2000 mm
Medium: Ink on 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
Object Name: Linocut
Object No: 00054665
Related Place:Torres Strait,

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    Contemporary Torres Strait Island print depicting traditional knowledge using the 'gul' or canoe as the key symbolic vessel that connects the cosmology. Tipoti indicates different phases of the moon and star constellations used for celestial navigation. Two great Zugubal ancestors, Thagai and Kang guide Zugubal in their canoe. Thagai is embedded in the pattern, his left hand holding the spears is the Southern Cross. Thagai's right hand is the constellation of Corvus.
    SignificanceProvides a contemporary interpretation of traditional Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, songs and stories

    HistoryThis image illustrates how the 'gul' or canoe acts as a key symbol of connectivity in Zendah Kes (Torres Strait Islands) cosmology. A vesell for navigating all the cycles of the land, sea and sky and spiritual life. Canoes maintain the Islanders seafaring lifestyle, with giant trees required for the hulls were sourced from the east coast of Papua New Guinea in return for trade in skulls and shells.
    (Alick Tipoti, Artist Statement, 2015)
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