Nyulnyul people

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The Nyulnyul are an indigenous Australian people of Western Australia.


According to Norman Tindale, the Nyulnyul held sway over some 500 square miles (1,300 km2) of tribal land. They were located on the western side of the Dampier Peninsula. Historically, the pressure of the Nimanburu led to them ceding ground on the King Sound, and by Tindale's time they were present from Cape Borda to Sandy Point, and at Carlyle Head and Goodenough Bay across the peninsula.[1]

Running clockwise, their northern neighbours were the Baada, the Nimanburu lay on their southeastern flank, while the Djaberadjabera were directly south on the adjacent coast.[2][3]

Social organization

The Nyulnyul had a 4 section marriage and descent system.[4]

Alternative spelling

  • Njolnjol, Nyolnyol.[1]



  1. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 254.
  2. ^ AIATSIS.
  3. ^ TTB 2016.
  4. ^ Kaberry 1937, p. 450.


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