kanalaritja: An Unbroken String

Sat 10 Mar 2018Sun 29 Apr 2018


Museum of the Goldfields

"Two women searching for materials in still water."

The Museum of the Goldfields is proud to host a national touring exhibition from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) focused on shell-stringing, one of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community’s most culturally significant and closely-guarded traditions.

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String features a variety of beautiful, delicate and rare shell necklaces, created by Tasmanian Aboriginal Ancestors in the 1800s, and acclaimed makers of today, as well as a new wave of stringers who had the opportunity to learn the tradition through the luna tunapri (women’s knowledge) cultural revitalisation project.

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String is a culmination of the journey of cultural renewal, while also celebrating the generations of makers who have sustained this uniquely Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practice.

The exhibition is accompanied by a dedicated publication featuring a range of essays and photographs, aiming to build awareness and provide a definitive account of the unique cultural practice of shell stringing.

A Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) touring exhibition.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.



Caption: luna tunapri workshop, Flinders Island 2011.

Image copyright Lucia Rossi

Getting Here

Western Australian Museum - Kalgoorlie-Boulder Map


17 Hannan Street,
Western Australia,

(08) 9021 8533

Western Australian Museum - Kalgoorlie-Boulder Map

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