This thesis examines the Pintupi Aboriginal people, and the way in which they conceptualise, experience and make place. The author will compare Western notions of place as expressed in current literature, with place-making in Pintupi society. Properties of place from the literature are established to allow comparison. Pintupi place is examined under several broad headings (i) Pintupi Space and Place, which examines the orientation, navigation and demarcation techniques of the Pintupi; (ii) Pintupi Social Structure and Place which discusses the way in which place is incorporated into Pintupi social and religious structures; (iii) Pintupi Ceremony outlines the significance of place in Pintupi ritual activity; and (iv) Dwelling and its Significance which discusses the importance of Pintupi shelters and other structures in terms of their contribution to 'meaningful dwelling', that is, the making of place.
One of the aims of this thesis is to disprove the idea that dwelling and the structures used for dwelling by the Pintupi are unimportant in the making of place, or in Pintupi spiritual life. Another is to explore this relationship between Pintupi spirituality and place, and the way in which it may be shaped by a nomadic lifestyle. It is proposed that this examination will reveal the Pintupi people as having a rich and complex set of beliefs relating to land, place and architecture, which is not diminished by the lack of permanent structures or Western system of land tenure.