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The Ininti Store is a focal point for Anangu art and enterprise since its opening in July 1972.
The Docker River Social Club set up the Ininti Store at a site that is now Mutitjulu (the Anangu community), within the Park.
A Northern Territory press release dated 8 September 1972 lauded the success of the venture.
It was considered the first legitimate commercial interest in the Park and was an assertive response to the poor treatment of traditional owners.
Large tourist numbers throughout the 1970s and 1980s produced few benefits for the Anangu but created many problems.
The integrity of important men’s and women’s sites at Uluru and Kata Tjuta were threatened while the rich cultural knowledge of the land was often ignored or misrepresented by visitors and tourist operators.
With the Anangu determined to remain on their traditional lands and have their knowledge, expertise and ownership acknowledged, the Ininti Store was an important part in securing recognition from visitors of their culture, art and knowledge.
The store operated as the community store, servicing both Anangu residents and tourists, until all tourism facilities were moved to the Yulara resort in 1984.
In 1985, to celebrate handback, postcards and other materials were sold from the store to raise awareness about Anangu culture.
Thirty years on the Ininti Store is known as the Ininti Cafe and Souvenirs. Along with food and refreshments it offers a selection of souvenir gifts, books, videos and clothing.
On 21 July 1997 Nyangatjatjara College was established by the Nyangatjatjara Aboriginal Corporation.
The school’s main campus is a boarding facility at Yulara near Uluru.
There are three smaller campuses at Imanpa (180 km east of Uluru), Mutitjulu (at the base of Uluru) and Kaltukatjara, also known as Docker River (230 km west of Uluru.
The college is one of the few secondary education institutions in Central Australia outside a major urban centre.
Five years after opening the college expanded from one building to several temporary buildings across four campuses located in the communities they serve.
The bright colours and staggered rooflines of the Yulara campus showcase an integrated design that harmonises the buildings with the surrounding environment, reflecting the Central Australian sense of land. The design also echoes Uluru’s cultural centre operated by the Anangu people.
The communities are supportive of the college which connects with Anangu values. There are considerable employment prospects in hospitality and resort management at the Yulara complex while National Parks provide training for junior rangers.
Students speak Pitjantjatjara as a first language. Students’ ages range from 12 – 19 years while the number of students at each campus varies. These students represent Anangu’s next generation.
AIATSIS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, culture and community.
We pay our respects to elders past and present.