Marri Ngarr

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The Maringar are an indigenous Australian people of the Northern Territory.


In Norman Tindale's estimate the Maringar had about 500 square miles (1,300 km2) midway along the Moyle River and its contiguous swamplands and various tributaries.[1]

Social organisation

The Maringar were composed of six clans.[1] Their society was described in a monograph by the Norwegian ethnographer Johannes Falkenberg,[2] based on fieldwork done in 1950, a work judged by Rodney Needham to be 'a masterly monograph which must immediately be ranked with the classics of Australian anthropology.'[3]

Alternative names

  • Muringar, Murrinnga, Muringa.
  • Yaghanin.
  • Moil (meaning "plain" or "plain country")
  • Moyle. (European exonym)



  1. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 231.
  2. ^ Falkenberg 1962.
  3. ^ Needham 1962, p. 1316.


  • Falkenberg, Johannes (1962). Kin and Totem: Group Relations of Australian Aborigines in the Port Keats District. Allen & Unwin.
  • Needham, Rodney (December 1962). "Review: Kin and Totem: Group Relations of Australian Aborigines in the Port Keats District by Johannes Falkenberg". American Anthropologist. 64 (6): 1316–1318. JSTOR 667861.
  • Stanner, W. E. H. (December 1933). "Ceremonial Economics of the Mulluk Mulluk and Madngella Tribes of the Daly River, North Australia. A Preliminary Paper". Oceania. 4 (2): 156–175. JSTOR 40327457.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Maringar (NT)". 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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