Barara people

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The Barara are an indigenous Australian people of the Northern Territory. Norman Tindale included within the Barara tribe the Gidjingali group to their east, whereas Lester Hiatt considers the latter to be an autonomous tribal reality. For the purposes of this encyclopedia, the two are registered differently, though the ethnographic materials on both may overlap with the other


The Barara are a coastal people, inhabiting, according to Tindale, an area covering around 300 square miles (780 km2) on either side of the Blyth River, going east as far as Cape Stewart, and with an inland extension of roughly 20 miles (32 km).[1]

Social organization

The Barara are composed of five, predominantly endogamous sub-communities. Up to 70 percent endogamous.

  • (1) Anbara. (western side of the mouth of the Blyth River).
  • (2) Marawuraba. (coastal strip east of the Blyth River).
  • (3) Madia. (Cape Stewart area).
  • (4) Maringa. (a remnant band).
  • (5) Gunadba (Gunaidbe, perhaps properly Ngapanga, constituted by (1974) some 60 inlanders).[2]

All five have Dua/Jiritja moieties.

Alternative names

  • Barera.
  • Baurera.
  • Burera (eastern pronunciation)
  • Burara.
  • Barea. (typo)
  • Burada.
  • Burarra.
  • Gidjingali. (generic term for eastern speakers of the Barara language)[1]



  1. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 222.
  2. ^ Tindale 1974, p. 221.


  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Barara (NT)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-0-7081-0741-6.
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