Kinara Mimi is a place of water where Kapi Kata (lit. water head / soakage) still lies. Iriti (long time ago) Kinara Mimi was known as Pira Mimi, which means “the moon is just starting to come up” in Yankunytjatjara. This manta (land) and this wapar (storyline) belongs to Yankunytjatjara people, but has become a place for Yankunytjatjara people to come together tjungu with Pitjantjatjara people; they became united as walytja (family). That is why this place is important for us, it is where it all started. When whitefellas arrived the area around Kinara Mimi, they started a cattle station called Everard Park.This is where our community now stands. After the Land Rights Act in 1981, when country was returned to Anangu, we changed the station’s name to Mimili to show how important Kinara Mimi still is for us today. Mula (true). Today Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people live together in Mimili, we all work together at Mimili Maku Arts, bringing together the stories of our home and sharing the storylines of our foundation, Kinara Mimi. Some Mimili artists have become famous now, winning art prizes and traveling to exhibitions all around the world. For us it is important to show that we are still one community, one family, and keep supporting each other at our art centre. We want everyone to see how much we have achieved with our art centre. We started with only an idea, wanting to create work and opportunities for our community. Soon many people became interested in our paintings, so we continued to build on this story. We are proud to be running our own business, and are happy that there is many strong young artists learning, and leading. It is important for the young ones to see what art can do, where it can take them. For us, tomorrow is for remembering our foundations, sharing our strong art centre story and continue to building on this story for the next generation.


© Mimili Maku Arts 2018