Pearl shell pendant, Broome, W.A.
The Kimberley Collections
The RegionThe Kimberley region of north-west Western Australia is a land of marked contrasts. The marine perspectives of the western coastal people diverged dramatically from those of the sometimes rugged inland areas. These differences are reflected in the material manifestations of the Aboriginal societies of the Kimberley, in the present as in the past.
HighlightsSome highlights of the Kimberley collections can be seen in the Virtual Tour.
HeldMany items are multi-purpose, being used for fighting, hunting and music.
|Habit (e.g. smoking)|
|Raw materials (e.g. ochre, spinifex resin)|
|Trade and status (e.g. pearl shell)|
|Fine art (e.g. acrylic paintings)|
Photographic CollectionsThe Museum has an extensive photographic collection. It contains photographs, negatives and colour slides, and consists of many small collections donated to the Museum.
Mowanjum and Kalumburu