Jukun people (Australia)

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The Djugun (also spelt Jukun, Tjunung) are an Indigenous Australian people of Western Australia. Writing in 1974 Norman Tindale stated that by his time the Djugun had become almost extinct.[1] However, their descendants live on and intermarry with the Yawuru tribe.


According to the Japanese linguist and authority on the Yawuru language, Hosokawa Kōmei, the Djugun spoke a dialect of Yawuru.[2]


Djugun traditional lands extended over some 400 square miles (1,000 km2) along the northern coast of Roebuck Bay, up the coast to Willie Creek. Their lands reached inland roughly 15 miles.[1]

Modern Period

The Jukun people, by reason of their modern historical fusion with the southern Yawuru, formed one of the parties in the Yawuru native title holding group, which had its claim to native title recognized by a Federal Court in 2010 for the area around Broome.

Alternative names

  • Tjugun
  • Tjukun
  • Djukun
  • Tjugan
  • Djukan
  • Jukan
  • Tjunung
  • Kularrabulu
  • Jukannganga[a]


  1. ^ Jukannganga etymologically signified 'Djugun speech/language'[1]


  1. ^ a b c Tindale 1974, p. 241.
  2. ^ Burke 2011, p. 124-125.


  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
  • "Tindale Tribal Boundaries" (PDF). Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia. September 2016.
  • Burke, Paul (2011). Law's Anthropology:From ethnography to expert testimony in native title (PDF). Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-1-921-86243-4.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Djugun (WA)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.

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