Peter Mungkuri


Born: 1946 Mimili SA

Language: Yankunytjatjara/Pitjantjatjara

Art Centre: Iwantja Arts, Indulkana


Peter Mungkuri is respected by the APY Community as a strong and dynamic senior Yankunytjatjara man. He is renowned for his passionate leadership and support of culture and language maintenance on the APY Lands.

Peter has acted as the Chair Person for the Indulkana community, Chair Person for Iwantja Arts, Director of Iwantja Arts, and Director for Native Title.

Peter has an expansive knowledge of the vast APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) lands, and the cultural history of his people. Employed by the Granite Downs cattle station as a teenager, Peter became a highly skilled horseman and forged a career as a proficient stockman, he has travelled on horseback all across Australia.

Peter is passionately involved within the Indulkana community, determined to support young people in researching and holding closely the importance of their country, encouraging preservation of the environment and of the stories of the traditional lands.

Peter’s respect and reverence for his environment is explicitly and depicted within his artworks. He has exhibited extensively and has works held in many private and public institutions.

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“I was born in the bush near Mimili, me and my mum and father had no clothes, and were living traditional way. One time some fella came with cattle for branding; that wati (man) was the first white person I ever saw. I never went to school, my school was riding horses, learning to brand and break them in. All us tjilpi (old men) used to be stockmen, we went everywhere working together; Mimili, Kenmore Park, Granite Downs, all over the place, every station; we had a good time working and didn’t worry about other things. We had a whole herd of horses, back then we were all cowboys. These things, and everything here, is my memory – my knowledge, I like to paint the memories of my country.”