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The Nakako are an indigenous Australian people of Western and Southern Australia.


Norman Tindale[a] estimated the Nakako territorial domains to stretch over some 19,000 square miles (49,000 km2), south and southwest of the Blackstone Ranges. He also states that they were present at Bell Rock Range.[2]

History of contact

The Nakako were one of the last tribes to come within the purview of white explorers. Their first encounter with the latter occurred sometime around 1953 when the patrol officer Walter MacDougall came across them at Woomera. After this initial encounter, they vanished, until they were finally rediscovered in 1961.[2]

Alternative names


  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 c Tindale 1974, p. 249.


  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
  • "Tindale Tribal Boundaries" (PDF). Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia. September 2016.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Nakako (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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