We refer to ourselves as Aṉangu (people) and we are the traditional owners of Uluru Kata Tjuta. Our culture is alive and powerful.
Tjukurpa is the foundation of Anangu life and society. Tjukurpa refers to the ‘creation period’ where our ancestors created the world and established the laws for our people. Tjukurpa is our way of seeing and understanding the world – past, present and future. Tjukurpa connects us to Country and to each other. We pass on our Tjukurpa through storytelling and inma (ceremonial song and dance) to the next generations.
We draw our stories in the sand, carve traditional designs into objects such as shields, and make ceremonial body paint from ochres, charcoal and ash. These days, we also use contemporary materials such as acrylic paint and canvas to document and share our stories. Our art is keeping our culture strong.