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The Pindiini are an indigenous Australian people of Western Australia.


The Pitjantjatjara referred to the Pindiini as Wonggai, a term that implies they were given to thievery, wonggai being a word used to indicate mice pilfering flour. The real Pindiini began to object to this Pitjantjatjara exonym several years later, and asserted that they were to be known by their real endonym, Pindiini.[1]


The Pindiini's territory lay north of the Nullarbor Plain, as far north as Loonngana. Norman Tindale states that their territory covered some 11,500 square miles (30,000 km2).[1]

Their neighbouring tribes, running clockwise from due north, were the Nakako, the Ngalea due east, the Mirning due south, between them and the Great Australian Bight, the Murunitja southeast, followed by the Nangatadjara and the Mandjindja to their northwest.[2]

Alternative names

  • Bindinini.
  • Bindunda.
  • Wonggai.
  • Wongaidya.
  • Wongaii, Wonkai.
  • Wanggada, Wanggaji.[1]

History of contact

Rumours of a tribe by the name Pindiini first emerged in 1934 at Ooldea in 1934, when a majority of the tribe moved to that location. In later decades, together with the Ngalea, they settled in Yalata.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d Tindale 1974, p. 255.
  2. ^ TTB 2016.


  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
  • "Tindale Tribal Boundaries" (PDF). Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia. September 2016.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Pindiini (WA)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.
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