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The Maduwongga are an indigenous Australian people of Western Australia.


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


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]


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.').



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


  • "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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