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APY Lands

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara

APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) Lands is a large and remote area in South Australia, near the state's border with both Northern Territory and Western Australia.

In 1981, after decades of encroachment from colonial forces and the establishment of missions and European farmland in the area, the APY Lands were returned to the Traditional Owners, the Anangu people.

The APY Lands are famous as the homelands of many world-renowned Artists, and for their established Indigenous-owned and -operated art galleries.

Frances Rings' 1999 work Minymaku Inma, created for Dance Clan 2, brought together women from across the APY Lands and Bangarra's female ensemble in a powerful exchange of song, dance, and story, reinforcing traditional ties with women from other communities and celebrating the importance and power of traditional Women's Law.