Introducing the 2023 Carlton FC Indigenous Hood.
The artwork reflects traditional Tiwi culture representing the Kulama Ceremony, Pamajini (Arm Bands) and Spear and has been designed by proud Tiwi woman Russellina 'Russy' Puruntatameri.
The Kulama ceremony is an annual celebration of life and an important ritual for young men. It consists of three days and three nights of ritual body paintings, singing and dancing which happens towards the end of the wet season when a ring appears around the moon.
Russy wanted to showcase the strength and resilience of the Tiwi women through illustrating a Numwariyaka (spear) and Pamajini (arm bands) which sit proudly across the front. The arm bands are woven from Pandanus and are an important part of Tiwi ceremony.