Ltyentye Apurte Traditional Craft Centre is a 100% Arrernte-owned Aboriginal art centre and a proud member of Desart. The Traditional Craft Centre was founded by Arrernte men living in Ltyentye Apurte Community who learnt the art of making wooden tools, instruments and weapons from elders in their families and the community. The objects made include kwetere (nulla-nullas), terurre (clapsticks), urtne (coolamons) and alye (fighting and hunting boomerangs). It is a social enterprise run with administrative support from Atyenhenge Atherre Aboriginal Corporation. The Traditional Craft Centre maintains a strong theme of intergenerational knowledge transfer that the artists draw on and which inspires them to share their knowledge with younger generations. The artist members regularly undertake bush trips to source the material for their artworks, which feature a variety of wood from local trees such as ankerre (coolabah), blue mallee (tyertepe) and artetye (mulga).
Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.
On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.
Desart respectfully advises Aboriginal readers that this website may contain names, images and artworks of people who have passed away.