Kulama. Reppie Orsto.
Reppie Orsto


Etching & chine collé

25 x 20 cm 

Numbered 24/50




This etching depicts the Kulama ceremony of the Tiwi people. The Kulama is held at the 

end of the wet season and is a celebration of the year past. Dancers and singers create a 

circle, sing new songs and prepare the poisonous kulama (sweet yam) for eating. The 

Kulama ceremony is traditionally associated with initiation rites for Tiwi boys and girls. 

Reppie (Reparata) Orsto was born on January 31, 1959, at Nguiu on Bathurst Island.  Her 

mother's country is Wangurruwu (Marluwu), Bathurst Island and her father's country is 

Munupi on Melville Island. Her clan is Yikikini (White Cockatoo) and her principal 

Dreaming is Jarrikarlani (Turtle). Reppie has worked at Munupi Arts and Crafts since its 

inception in 1985. Starting out as a fabric artist, with design commissions including the 

Territoriana label in Darwin, Reppie has since worked in a variety of media including 

paintings (acrylic, gouache) and printmaking.  In 1990 she participated in Munupi's first 

printmaking workshop in Canberra and she has represented the community nationally and 

internationally, including at the 'Epam Epam' exhibition of Aboriginal art for Canada's 1994 

Commonwealth Games. She is represented in collections at the Australian National 

Gallery, Australian National Martime Museum, Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, and 

Parliament House, Canberra, among others. 


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