Brown Seed and Arnarrirnarra Shell necklace
Arnarrirnarra shells are collected from local beaches on Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island. The shells are usually found at low tide and have a small slug inside. After the shells are collected they are boiled for a few hours and then they are spread out in the sun and left to dry for a few days.The slugs are then removed with a small stick. Each shell is then placed one by one on a rock and a small hole is made with either a small sharp stick or a piece of bone.The shells are then threaded on to fine fishing line, and sometimes adding seeds and shark cartilage. Before fishing line, shells were threaded onto bush string.
The Groote Eylandt ladies collect seeds from local bushes and trees. Collecting materials for artifacts is a time for families to be together for a range of other activities which include hunting, harvesting bush tucker and looking after country.