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The Nangatara are an indigenous Australian people of Western Australia.


The Nangatara ranged over some 13,800 square miles (36,000 km2) of territory, northwest of the Canning Stock Route, mainly between Lake Wooloomber and a place called Kuljai, a well (no.48) mapped for that area. Their northwestern boundary lay halfway between the Percival Lakes and Joanna Springs.[1]


Given the scarcity of water, with only some available in distant wells and rock catchment areas, when drought struck, the Nangatara would trek to Karbardi, south of Adverse Well In drought times they seek water. The heartland of their territory was Rama, a type of hard gravel plain which they called laribuka'.[1]


Even before contact with whites, the Nangatara were pushing northwards along the Canning Stock Route, as the Walmadjari withdrew from that part of their territory.[1]

Alternative names

  • Nangadjara
  • Njangadjara
  • Julbaritja (an exonym of the Njangamarda and Mangala, meaning 'southerners')
  • Yulbari-dja, Julbaridja
  • Ilbaridja
  • Nanidjara (scornful term of abuse used by the Wanman people for them, just as other tribes applied it also the Wanman)
  • Nangi
  • Mangai
  • Mangi[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Tindale 1974, p. 250.


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