The Aboriginal Tiwi people of Melville Island and Bathurst Island, off
the northern coast of the Australian mainland, have a distinctive decorative
style, which developed in isolation from mainland Australian Aboriginal
It appears in their bark paintings and their other works of art and
features boldly colored geometric designs. These include carved birds
and poles from the Pukumani ceremony.
in Australia's Northern Territory includes works of a different style
from several communities and peoples.
The Kunwinjku people of Oenpelli have a technique known as the x-ray
style. Maningrida and Milingimbi settlements each have their own distinctive
styles. Yet other styles have their roots in Groote Eylandt, Elcho Island,
Ramingining and among the Yirrkala of Nhulunbuy.