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The Kurajarra were an indigenous Australian people of Western Australia. Their existence as a people was overlooked in Norman Tindale's classic 1974 survey of Australian Aboriginal tribal groups.


The Kurajarra were a small tribe whose territorial extension is not known other than that its heartland lay in the McKay Range (Pungkulyi)) some 30 miles northwest of Kumpupintil (Lake Disappointment).[1] They lived between the Nyiyaparli to their west, the Wanman to the north, the Kartudjara on their eastern and southeastern side, and the Putidjara to the south.[2]


Like the Ngulipartu, the Kurajarra were a numerically small tribe which, under the stress of post-contact migrations and change, diminished rapidly, with many of them being absorbed into neighbouring tribes through intermarriage. Writing in 1989, Tonkinson stated that only a handful of descendants survived from the original tribe.[3]



  1. ^ Tonkinson 1989, pp. 106–107.
  2. ^ Tonkinson 1989, p. 106.
  3. ^ Tonkinson 1989, p. 107.


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