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Pukumani Poles
Australian Museum
Sydney, NSW
Australia - 20 Jun 2006

The Tiwi people from the Northern Territory mourn their dead for many months. During this period, they carve a Pukumani pole to represent the dead person and to assist the spirit into the next life. The height of the pole is directly related to the person's status in the community and the design symbolises the family totem. The raising of the pole signals the end of the mourning period.