Maduwongga

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The Maduwongga are an indigenous Australian people of Western Australia.

Language

The language spoken by the Maduwongga was called Kabal.[1]

Country

In Norman Tindale's estimation, the Maduwongga tribal territory extended over some 9,000 square miles (23,000 km2), ranging westwards from Pinjin on Lake Rebecca as far as Mulline, including the area a few miles south of Menzies, where their borders with the Ngurlu ran,[2] over to Kalgoorlie, Coolgardie, Kanowna, Kurnalpi, and Siberia.[1] Ecologically they lived in country marked by mallee Eucalypt species.[3]

History

According to oral traditions picked up by ethnographers, the Maduwongga may have moved in from an original homeland further east, and displaced the Kalamaia, westwards beyond Bullabulling.[1]

Alternative names

  • Jindi, Yindi.
  • Maduwonga.
  • Kabul.
  • Julbaritja (Ngurlu exonym for them meaning 'southerners.').

Notes

Citations

  1. ^ a b c Tindale 1974, p. 246.
  2. ^ Tindale 1974, p. 143.
  3. ^ Tindale 1974, p. 252.

Sources

  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
  • "Tindale Tribal Boundaries" (PDF). Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia. September 2016.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Maduwongga (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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