The Tiwi Islands – Melville and Bathurst – are only 100 kilometres north of the mainland though their art, language and culture are unique from that of most Australian Aboriginal people. The painting style of the Tiwis is influenced by their lush, dramatic island landscape, traditional hunting lifestyle and ceremonial stories of creation. The strong geometric stripes, colours and abstract figures of Tiwi art often represent body painting used in initiation rites. Also applied at funerals, the paint conceals the identity of dancers from the deceased searching for a travelling companion.
Munupi is located on Melville Island.