Ikuntji (meaning “where creeks cross”) is nestled within the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, 230 km west of Alice Springs. To the north of the community is Ulampawarru & Anyali (Mt. Edward & Mt. William), and to the south is the stunning Mereenie Bluff. The mountains change colour with the light of the day, with dramatic highlights that may only last a few seconds.
To the west there are soft red sand hills and stands of desert oak - known locally as 'the jungle'. Stories of long journeys of the Luritja people who travelled from the west during the hard times of the 1930's, moving from rockhole to rockhole and cave to mountain, are still told today in the paintings of the senior law women at Ikuntji.
Cradled between two desert mountain ranges, the Haasts Bluff region offers painters a constantly changing vista that moves through the colour spectrum throughout the day.
The life cycle of bush tucker varieties, and the routes taken across the country over many generations for harvesting these native foods are frequent stories told by the Ikuntji painters within their works, as are the stories of the spirit world that runs parallel with the physical world of the here and now.
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