Totem Poles in Cemetery

Poles mark graves in this stark scene on Tiwi Islands. <br />
A cleansing ceremony is the final ceremony in the death of a family member.  A year or so after the funeral the family gets together and paints pukamani poles and places them around the grave.  In some communities, people won't say the name of the deceased or go back into the home until there is a big cleansing rain.  But rituals vary in communities.  <br />
Tiwi has two islands--Bathurst and Melville.  This ceremony is in the town of Garden Point on Melville Island, the 2nd largest island in Australia.