Kunytjanu, South Australia

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Coordinates: 26°39′S 129°22′E / 26.650°S 129.367°E / -26.650; 129.367 Kunytjanu (commonly written Kuntjanu) is an Aboriginal outstation and waterhole in northwestern South Australia. It is serviced from the community of Pipalyatjara to the north. It is located on the road between Pipalyatjara and Watarru. The outstation was established in 1975, along with Iltur, Walytjatjata, Kunamata and several others that used Pipalyatjara as a base.[1][2] It received a grant for development from the government in 1978.[3]

The area around Kunytjanu is connected with several Dreamings. The waterhole itself is associated with the Wanampi Tjukurpa, the Dreaming of the water-snake or Rainbow Serpent.[4]

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  1. Peter Brokensha (1975). The Pitjantjatjara and their crafts. Canberra: Aboriginal Arts Board, Australia Council. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-6429-3529-8.
  2. David Horton (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia. Vol. 2. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. p. 871. ISBN 978-0-8557-5250-7.
  3. Annual Report. Vol. 1978–79. Canberra: Australian Government, Department of Aboriginal Affairs. 1978. p. 14.
  4. Billy Puntjunyku; William H. Edwards (1971), Kuntjanunya (in Pitjantjatjara), Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, pp. 1–5