Mandi people

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The Mandi, otherwise known as Manthi, were an indigenous Australian people of Western Australia.


Mandi tribal territory encompassed some 1,000 square miles (2,600 km2). Its northern frontier was just below Boolathanna, and from Carnarvon extended westwards as far as Doorawarrah. It took in the lower Gascoyne River area and its swampy tributaries, with the southern boundary around Grey Point.[1]


Norman Tindale defined the Mandi as a distinct tribe. Later work by the area language expert Peter Austin concluded that Tindale's distinction between the Mandi and the Tedei, both of which he regarded as independent tribes, should be reformulated, with the Mandi and Tedei actually representing two branches of the Yingkarta.[2]

Alternative names

  • Maandi
  • Nandu[1]



  1. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 247.
  2. ^ Austin 1988.


  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
  • "Tindale Tribal Boundaries" (PDF). Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia. September 2016.
  • Austin, Peter (1988). Aboriginal languages of the Gascoyne-Ashburton region. Volume 1. La Trobe Working Papers in Linguistics. pp. 43–63.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Mandi (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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