TORRES STRAIT

Alick Tipoti at the British Museum

Powerful performances from the Torres Strait, Alick Tipoti and the Zugubal Dancers perform at the British Museum's Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation exhibition.

“Language stands in the middle, art branches off from that, performing art, dance, song, any practice in life from our Melanesian culture branches off of that”

This video clip is an extract of some of the performance / dance sequences from the Creative cowboy films documentary Zugub, the mask, the spirits and the stars.

The British Museum’s Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation exhibition is a history of Indigenous Australia through objects from Aboriginal peoples and Torres Straits islanders.

The exhibition dates are 23 April – 2 August 2015.

Here are some wise words from Alick Tipoti:
Art

“My art is based on legends of the Torres Strait where I depict my interpretations of the land, the sea, the sky, and the many different living creatures and spirits that exist here – as with other artists, I use my art as an educational tool, teaching people about important cultural events, practices and beliefs from the past.”

Indigenous language

“Language stands in the middle, art branches off from that, performing art, dance, song, any practice in life from our Melanesian culture branches off of that.”

Home

“We are known today as Torres Strait Islanders after Captain Torres. Captain Torres and Captain Cook, they came through Zenadth Kes (the Torres Strait). That is when we discovered them. They didn’t discover us, we definitely discovered them”.

Links

British Museum

Alick Tipoti: Zugub, the mask, the spirits and the stars

Alick Tipoti and Peter Hylands, ABC Books and Arts