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The Kalaako (Kalarko) were an indigenous Australian people of the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia.


Norman Tindale assigned the Kalaako a tribal reach extending over 24,000 square miles (62,000 km2), running up north from Green Patch and Scaddan to beyond Widgemooltha. It took in Mount Monger, Golden Ridge, and Burbanks. Their eastern boundary lay some 15 miles (24 km) west of Fraser Range, at a site mined for red ochre, known in the native language as Karkanja. Their western frontier was around the Bremer Range. The Johnston Lakes, Mount Holland, Barker Lake, Koongornin, Norseman and Salmon Gums all lie on what was Kalaako territory.[1]

The tribes neighbouring the Kalaako were, clockwise from the north, the Maduwongga, the Tjeraridjal (n.e.), the Ngadjunmaia, the Njunga due south; the Wudjari, the Njakinjaki, and the Kalamaia to the northeast.[2][3]

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  1. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 243.
  2. ^ TTB 2016.
  3. ^ AIATSIS.


  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
  • "Tindale Tribal Boundaries" (PDF). Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia. September 2016.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Kalaako (WA)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.
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