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The Badimaya (Badimia) are an Indigenous Australian people from the Mid west region of Western Australia.


Badimaya has been classified as one of the Kartu tongues of the Pama–Nyungan family.[1] Thanks to Mt Magnet elder Ollie George, the last fluent speaker of the language, along with assistance from the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre, significant work towards the documentation of the language has been achieved.[2] In 2013, three short story books combining Badimaya language and photography were produced as part of the On Badimaya Country series. A Badimaya Dictionary and wordlist (Badimaya Guwaga) were produced in 2014. An art and language project, Nganang Badimaya Wangga, was collaboratively produced in 2017 by the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre, with artists from Yamaji Art and Wirnda Barna Artists. The project produced a book of more than 20 stories of Ollie's life entitled Nganang Badimaya Wangga: Yarns with Gami Ollie George[3] a short video about Ollie by ABC Open Producer Chris Lewis, and an exhibition of the artworks created for the project, which continues to travel Australia.[4]


Traditional Badimaya country was calculated by Norman Tindale to encompass approximately 11,300 square miles (29,000 km2), and is bordered by the Western Desert language groups of the Tjuparn and the Wanmala to the east, the Noongar to the south-west and Watjarri to the north-west.[5][3] Their land took in Cue, Nannine and Mount Magnet. Their southwestern extension ran close to Yalgoo, while their frontier in the northwest lay along the Sandford River.[6]

Social organization and customs

The Badimaya used to practice both circumcision and subincision.[6]

Alternative names

  • Barimaia, Bardimaia, Badimaia
  • Parimaia
  • Badimala
  • Padimaia
  • Badimara
  • Patimara
  • Wardal
  • Waadal
  • Bidungu (Watjarri exonym, meaning "rockhole water drinkers," implying shiftlessness).[6]




  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
  • Blevins, Juliette (2001). Nhanda: An Aboriginal Language of Western Australia. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-824-82375-7.
  • George, Ollie; Edney, Sonya (2017). Bednall, James; Chiera, Susan; Sitorus, Rosie, eds. Nganang badimaya wangga: yarns with Gami Ollie George. Geraldton, W.A.: Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre. ISBN 978-0-648-06240-0.
  • Mann, Francesca (2 June 2017). "Elder's Life and Work Celebrated". The West Australian.
  • "Nganang Badimaya Wangga - Yarns with Gami Ollie George". Moran Arts Foundation. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  • "Tindale Tribal Boundaries" (PDF). Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia. September 2016.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Barimaia (WA)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.
  • Wagner, Johanna; George, Ollie (2013). On Badimaya country: Mount Magnet. Translated by James Bednall. designed by REV Design. Geraldton, WA Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health. ISBN 978-0-9871566-6-2.
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