Tiwi Footy Book
Tiwi footballers are renowned for their silky skills and instinctive playing style, yet they come from a tiny island community perched precariously off Australia's remote northern coast.
How did they come to be so good? And why do they have such a passion for the game? The answer lies somewhere in their extraordinary history and unique culture, and the way a few football-obsessed missionaries turned the game into something akin to a religious ceremony. On Tiwi Grand Final Day, the people gather for the biggest ceremony of them all.
Photographs by Monica Napper and Peter Eve. Essay by Andrew McMillan translated into Tiwi by a team of Tiwi Island locals.
About Monica Napper
Bima Wear has many supporters and some extra special friends, including Monica Napper, who with her photographic expertise has tirelessly and generously supported us in our revamp efforts over the past 2 years.
As recognition of our appreciation we are offering Monicas fascinating Tiwi Footy book for sale on our site (Bima Wear also gets a commission for each book sold).
We first met Monica over four years ago when she started her Tiwi Footy project and we have had a close relationship with her ever since.
It has been great fun for us to work with her on our photo shoots - everyone is very relaxed with each other and we think this comes across in the group photos especially.
Monica Napper is an overseas born photographer now based in the Northern Territory. Monica's life work is dedicated to assisting Indigenous people achieve empowerment through her always respectful and appropriate documenting of vitally important environmental and cultural issues and events.
Please Note: This book is BILINGUAL and features both the Tiwi language and English.
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