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Pantjiti Unkari McKenzie

Pantjiti Unkari McKenzie

Australian Aboriginal artist (born 1949)
Pantjiti Unkari McKenzie
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Intro Australian Aboriginal artist (born 1949)
Is Painter Artist Visual artist
From Australia
Type Arts Creativity
Gender female
Birth 1949
Age 72 years
Peoplepill ID pantjiti-unkari-mckenzie
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Pantjiti Unkari McKenzie OAM (born 1941 or 1942) is a senior Pitjantjatjara woman from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. She has worked as an artist, film maker, actor, teacher, oral historian and recorder of cultural heritage, Ngangkari and as a senior law woman in her community. In 2019, she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her “service to the Indigenous community of the Northern Territory”.

Professional work

McKenzie is an artist skilled in painting, batik, wood and glass sculpture, and tjanpi (native grass) weaving.

Together with her husband, she set up EVTV in the 1980s, the first indigenous media organisation in Australia, and made films on many subjects. It is estimated that they made over one thousand films, including documenting the Lands Rights movement. They also worked for PY Media on the Broadcasting for Remote Aboriginal Community Services (BRACS) program.

McKenzie teaches Pitjantjatjara language.

She is a senior law woman and traditional healer specialising in women's health.

Her work in archiving and sharing knowledge around cultural heritage is renowned. She has worked with the NPY Women's Council, including as part of the Uti Kulintjaku team, which was involved in the creation of meditations recorded in Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra languages to be included in the Smiling Mind meditation app.


  • Language in the Land: Pitjantjatjara
  • Campfire Stories

Personal life

McKenzie was born near the Blackstone Ranges in Western Australia and has spent much of her life living in Pukatja (Ernabella) community.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 24 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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