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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]




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