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The Mandjindja are an indigenous Australian people of Western Australia.


According to Norman Tindale's estimate,[a] the Mandjindja's territory extended over roughly 21,000 square miles (54,000 km2), in the sandhill terrain south of the Warburton Range, from a place called Papakula. Their western extension went ass far as the Gillen and Throssell lakes. Their southern boundaries lay around Amy Rocks and the Saunders Range. Their eastern confines; lay around Lengama, identified provisorily as somewhere possibly east of the Sydney Yeo Chasm. They took in also Wardadikanja in the southeast.[2]

Alternative names

  • Mandjindjara.
  • Mandjindji.
  • Mangundjara.
  • Mandjindjiwongga.
  • Manjinjiwonga.
  • Mantjila.
  • Mangula.
  • Kalgonei.
  • Kalgoneidjara (Ngaatjatjarra language name for the Mandjindja and Wenamba).
  • Nanggarangku.(Pitjantjatjara exonym used of the Mandjindja and the Ngalea, bearing the sense of 'hostile men')
  • Mandshindshi.[2]


  1. ^ Tindale's estimates particularly for the peoples of the Western desert are not considered to be accurate.[1]


  1. ^ Tonkinson 1989, p. 101.
  2. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 247.


  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
  • "Tindale Tribal Boundaries" (PDF). Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia. September 2016.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Mandjindja (NT)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.
  • Tonkinson, Robert (1989). "Local Organisation and Land Tenure in the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) Region" (PDF). In Western Desert Working Group. The significance of the Karlamilyi Region to the Martujarra people of the Western Desert. Perth: Department of Conservation and Land Management. pp. 99–259.
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