Makinti Minutjukur

Born in 1957, Makinti came to the Ernabella art centre as a young girl when it was still the craft room. After leaving school, she started her first job as an artist doing batik and painting. She also worked closely with Winifred Hilliard who started the craft room. Makinti did the wages every week and she was in charge of the art centre when Winifred went away.

Makinti is family for renowned Ernabella artist Tjunkaya Tapaya OAM. As well as being an artist, Makinti wears many hats in the community including respected leader, translator, health worker and Director of the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Education Committee (PYEC). Makinti has played a key role in the translation of the bible into Pitjantjatjara. In 2022 she was the Chair of Ernabella Arts.

Makiniti is also a talented singer and member of the Ernabella choir, with which she has performed at numerous events including WOMAdelaide.