Mariu people

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The Mariu were an indigenous Australian people of the Northern Territory.

Country

In Norman Tindale's estimation the Mariu's territory covered some 1,800 sq. miles in the area south of where the Victoria River enters the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf. The Bullo River also formed part of their land. [1]

Social organization

In 1900 R. H. Mathews presented a paper attributing to the Mariu, together with other 'large and important tribes', from both Western Australia and the Northern Territory, such as the Gija, Perrakee, Gooniyandi, Nyigina, Bunuba, Djaru and Walmadjari an 8 section marriage system among clans, which he illustrated in the following general table.[2]

Phratry Father Mother Son Daughter
A Jungurra Nungulla Jabulgie Nabijerry
Jackara Nabijerry Julimar Naboron
Janima Naboron Jungary Nabungarty
Jambidgena Nabungarty Jangula Nungulla
B Jangula Nangilee Jambidgena Nambidgena
Jungary Nambidgena Janima Nabina
Julimar Nabanna Jackara Nackara
Jabulgie Nackara Jungurra Nangilee

Alternative names

  • Mayu.[2]
  • Mayoo.
  • Mariung. [1]

Notes

Citations

  1. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 231.
  2. ^ a b Mathews 1900, p. 186.

Sources


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