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shell pendants

alphur
albur
owalangg
madhidha
in Uw Oykangand
in Uw Olkola
in Uw Olkola
in Pakanh


Shell pendant type, Kowanyama Land and Natural Resources Management Office, March 16 1997 [PH]. The Australian 50 cent coin, roughly 32 mm in diameter, allows for an estimation of size.


Shell pendant type, Kowanyama Land and Natural Resources Management Office, March 16 1997 [PH]. The Australian 50 cent coin, roughly 32 mm in diameter, allows for an estimation of size.


Shell pendant type, Kowanyama Land and Natural Resources Management Office, March 16 1997 [PH].


Shell pendant type, Kowanyama Land and Natural Resources Management Office, March 16 1997 [PH]. The Australian 50 cent coin, roughly 32 mm in diameter, allows for an estimation of size.

There is a wide variety of shell pendants which are worn in different ways and fill different ceremonial functions. Pendants are worn on the chest, back, forehead and arms. The boiler shell is the type of shell normally used for making these pendants. It is tied with string.

A chest pendant may be called albhur or owalangg in Olkola.

A "widow pendant" is called ojnyjungg or ujnyj ulbmul in Olkola.

The "forehead band shell" is called madhidh in Olkola. This word in Olkola is also the name of a species of grass and it is probably borrowed from Pakanh. Hollow grass stalks are used on the string in the third shell pendent pictured to the left.

An unidentified pendant type is called oneg itharr.

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