Ardent Indigenous Australian Women – Part 6

Ardent Indigenous Australian Women – Part 6Beach Combing Tiwi Style  Part 6 of a series of portraits of Ardent Indigenous Australian Women by photographer Heide Smith. After an hour on various dirt tracks, we arrive at the open Timor sea. The sun comes up suddenly, harsh and hot. The glare from the white sand hurts my […]

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Ardent Indigenous Australian Women – Part 5

Ardent Indigenous Australian Women – Part 5Visiting my Tiwi Friends at Milikapiti Polly Miller Mungatopi at Milikapiti 1988 Part 5 of a series of portraits of Ardent Indigenous Australian Women  by photographer Heide Smith. Polly Miller Mungatopi: The sea is calm and gently laps at the roots of the pandanus and the mangroves. My feet scrape through […]

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Ardent Indigenous Australian Women – Part 4

Ardent Indigenous Australian Women – Part 4Tiwi Dream Time Stories One image from the Sunset Story Series, was used as the Cover Photograph for the “Bringing them home” report for the “National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Children from Their Families”, in 1997. Part 4 of a series of portraits of Ardent […]

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Argent Indigenous Australian Women 3

Women of ParuPart 3 of a series of portraits of Ardent Indigenous Australian Women by photographer Heide Smith. Marjorie Wonnamirri  Paru Melville Island 1987 – portrait by Heide Smith Paru is a small place on the west coast of Bathurst Island, just over the Apsley straight from Nguiu – now called Wurrumiyanga –  on Melville Island. It […]

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Ardent Indigenous Australian Women 2

Hunting with Tiwi WomenPart 2 of a series of portraits of Ardent Indigenous Australian Women by photographer Heide Smith. Hunting for Possum with Valma – portrait by Heide Smith Hunting with  Tiwi Women. The air is smoky. The Tiwi have been burning off, so it’s a good time to go hunting with the Tiwi. Some women asked […]

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Ardent Indigenous Australian Women

Ardent Indigenous Australian Women A series of portraits of strong Tiwi Women by photographer Heide Smith.  Off to Tarantippi Beach 1987 I recently made a promise on Facebook to show some of the portraits from my collection of Strong Tiwi Women. It’s called “Ardent Indigenous Australian Women”, and this is the first post.It was ‘Dry Season’  […]

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story behind the image – four little tiwi

The story behind the image – four little TiwiThis is the second post in the series “the story behind the image”. All the images in the series are featured in the Josef Lebovic Gallery Catalogue of Heide’s work, which you can see on my website.From the catalogue16.| |Four Little Tiwis, Bathurst Island,| 1988/1990.| Vintage silver […]

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Story behind the image – Gerardine

 The story behind the image – Gerardine  In our last blog we featured the Josef Lebovic Gallery Catalogue of Heide’s work. We talked about the work involved in preparing images for the catalogue of such a prestigious gallery, and we promised a future series of posts talking about “the story behind the image”. So here’s the […]

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Portrait of a People – the Tiwi

  Portrait of a People – the Tiwi of northern Australia   Portrait of a People is first and foremost a book of photographs taken by Heide of the Tiwi and of Tiwi life over a 20 year period,but it is more than just a picture book, in that it also relates the history, and describes the lifestyle, […]

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My tiwi sister gerardine tungatalum

My tiwi sister Gerardine TungatalumI want to honour the memory of my Tiwi sister Gerardine Tungatalum, on this International Women’s Day. Gerardine, a proud traditional Tiwi Elder, was loved and respected by all who knew her, and was my friend and mentor on my early visits to the Tiwi Islands. There are more portraits of […]

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