Pukumani Poles Restored in NT

Pukumani Poles. Image: CDU

Three traditional poles at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus have been revitalised by the original artist 23 years after they were first built.

Melville Island artist Eymard Tungatalum [toong-ga-taalum] crafted the Pukumani poles in 1993 while studying at Northern Territory University.

The poles tell a Tiwi story of creation about the rituals to help the dead enter the spirit world, with each pole symbolising a character in the story.

Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Leadership Professor Steve Larkin says the resurrection of the poles is important to the University and its relationship with the Tiwi people.

Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke

NIRS Journalist