Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory

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Haasts Bluff west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, Australia

Haasts Bluff, also known as Ikuntji, is an Indigenous Australian community in Central Australia, a region of the Northern Territory. The community is located in the MacDonnell Shire local government area, 227 kilometres (141 mi) west of Alice Springs. At the 2006 census, the community, including outstations, had a population of 207.[1]

The Haasts Bluff community takes its name from the nearby outcrop, given this name in 1872 by the explorer Ernest Giles, after the New Zealand geologist, Julius von Haast.[2]

The locality was established as a Lutheran mission in 1946 and is home to Western Arrernte, Pintupi and Pitjantjatjara people.[3]

Notable people[edit]

A number of notable Indigenous artists were born or raised at Haasts Bluff, including Makinti Napanangka,[4] Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri,[5] Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Eileen Napaltjarri, Nora Andy Napaltjarri, Ada Andy Napaltjarri, Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri, Molly Jugadai Napaltjarri, Norah Nelson Napaljarri, Doris Bush Nungarrayi, and Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula.[6]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Haasts Bluff and Outstations (Indigenous Location)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ Clune, Frank (March 1957). "Albert Namatjira, Our great Aboriginal painter" (PDF). Dawn. Aborigines Welfare Board, NSW. 6 (3): 10. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff)". World Vision Australia. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Vivien (2008). Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists. Alice Springs, NT: IAD Press. pp. 316–318. ISBN 978-1-86465-090-7. 
  5. ^ Birnberg, Margo; Janusz Kreczmanski (2004). Aboriginal Artist Dictionary of Biographies: Australian Western, Central Desert and Kimberley Region. Marleston, South Australia: J.B. Publishing. pp. 213–214. ISBN 1-876622-47-4. 
  6. ^ "Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula". Papunya Painting: out of the Australian desert. National Museum of Australia. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 

Coordinates: 23°26′49″S 131°52′55″E / 23.447°S 131.882°E / -23.447; 131.882