Mutitjulu in Australia’s Northern Territory is an Indigenous Australian community adjacent Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) in a world renowned tourist area, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Its people are joint managers of the park with Parks Australia.
The majority of the people are Pitjantjatjara but there are also associated Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra with the languages spoken being Pitjantjatjara, Luritja and Yangkunytjatjara. The Arrernte people also have a traditional relationship with Uluru.
Mutitjulu runs a number of guided tours for tourists visiting Uluru, who will show tourists certain sites, and show people the story of Uluru as well as of its inhabitants. These tours are called Anangu Tours, from the Pitjantjatjara word Anangu which means “people”.
Access to the community is controlled by the Mutitjulu people, who do not allow visitors to go to the community without permission. The community reserves the right to forbid visitors from entering their land.
The people of Mutitjulu are also the traditional owners of Uluru, and have an art exhibition there which tourists can freely visit and buy paintings and other artifacts.
Much of the economy of Mutitjulu comes from tourism at Uluru and nearby Yulara, a proportion of which is funnelled back to the local economy. As a result, Mutitjulu is much wealthier than most other Indigenous Australian communities.
In spite of the relative wealth of the community, the education standards at Mutitjulu, as with other Indigenous Australian communities, is far lower than the white Australian average. Nonetheless, this is significantly higher than some other Indigenous Australian communities.