• Artwork:Gumnut Necklace
  • Artist:Lorna Peterman Napaljarri
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Gumnut Necklaceby Lorna Peterman Napaljarri

Making jewellery, such as necklaces are also an extremely important component in Aboriginal culture.

Lorna Peterman Napaljarri collected the gumnuts and other small brown nuts from her country of Kaltukatjara (Docker River) in central Australia.

The production of necklaces is a seasonal occupation which is mainly carried out by the women in a community. In the desert regions of Australia seed production and development are dependent on sufficient rainfalls. Women and children gather seeds and pods for necklace making while searching for bush tucker using their traditional knowledge. Gum nut seeds are collected while they are still green, they are sorted, cleaned, dried and then drilled or poked using hot wire to create beads for necklace making.

  • Artist:Lorna Peterman Napaljarri
  • Title:Gumnut Necklace
  • ID:LP1105195
  • Medium:Gumnuts
  • Size:49 cm Ø
  • Region:Kaltukatjara, Central Australia


Lorna Peterman Napaljarri was born in 1958 and comes from Angus Downs which is located near Imanpa Community approximately 300km west of Alice Springs in Central Australia. This region is known as the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) and Lorna is a Pitjantjatjara woman.

Lorna is both a jewellery crafter as well as a painter. Her artworks share bush tucker stories which depict Bush Onion, Yam and Honey Ant. Her necklaces are beautifully crafted using Ininti Seeds, bush seeds and pods as well as Gumnuts. Lorna will collect all the seeds and gumnuts which in itself can be a painstaking activity. She will then prepare the seeds by drying them out and heating hot wire to pierce the centre of the seeds to allow wool or string to be threaded. Lorna also decorates her necklaces with brightly coloured paints.

Traditionally both men and women would wear necklaces and other jewellery during ceremonies which relate to sexuality and fecundity.

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