Peter Mungkuri OAM
Peter Mungkuri is a Yankunytjatjara elder and cultural leader within the Indulkana community and across the APY Lands. A mentor to young people in community, Peter Mungkuri teaches from his immense knowledge of culture, history, and Country. Peter Mungkuri’s energy and vitality spills over into his artistic outputs as he strives to keep Anangu history and country alive by passing on cultural practice and knowledge to the younger Anangu generations.
“Trees are a symbol of Anangu culture – the punu (tree) is where our culture starts. I’ve painted my country and all the different types of trees there. Anangu have so much knowledge about country and it’s an important part of our culture to pass that knowledge on to the next generation. This is beautiful country – we protect our country, we look after it. The tjilpis (senior men) like me teach the younger people everything about looking after country, how to make spears the traditional way, how to protect culture.” - Peter Mungkuri, 2019
In 2017 Peter Mungkuri was named WINNER of the Hadley Art Prize, Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania and in 2018 he was named WINNER of the General Painting Award at the 35th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. That same year he was a finalist in the prestigious Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.
In 2019 Peter Mungkuri was again named a finalist in the 36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards and the Wynne Prize 2019.
Most recently Peter Mungkuri was announced as a finalist at the prestigious 37th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards and the 41st Alice Prize: National Contemporary Art Awards in Alice Springs.
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