kanalaritja: An Unbroken String

A free exhibition

Thu 19 Oct 2017Wed 28 Feb 2018


Museum of the Great Southern

"Two women searching for materials in still water."

The Museum of the Great Southern is proud to present 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


Residency Road,
Western Australia,

(08) 9841 4844


By Bus
The Museum of the Great Southern is located within walking distance of the town centre, which is serviced by the several bus services, visit the PTA website for timetables.

By Car
Parking is available in onsite.