How shell stringing grew to become an important part of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture again

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre is currently hosting the uniquely Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practice of making rare and delicate shell necklaces in an exhibition called kanalaritja: An Unbroken String.

It originated from many years of workshops co-ordinated by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in which women in the Community who had not had shell stringing passed down through their families were guided through the processes of collecting, cleaning and stringing.

Pakana women and curators of the touring exhibition Liz Trew & Zoe Rimmer spoke with CAAMA’s Philippe Perez about the exhibition and talking about the importance of shell stringing to Tasmanian Aboriginal communities.

Photo credit: Lucia Rossi