Wilawila

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Wilawila are an indigenous Australian tribe of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Name

Norman Tindale gave 'wilawila' as the proper tribal ethnonym, but noted that, according to reports by the missionary Theodore Hernández, the same group appeared to bear an alternative ethnonym, namely 'Taib', which Tindale took to be a Wilawila horde.[1][2]

Country

According to Tindale, the Wilawila's tribal domains extended over 5,300 square miles (14,000 km2), along and around the Carson and middle Drysdale rivers, stretching from Mount Connelly as far south as the lower Gibb and Durack rivers.[2]

Social organization

The Wilawila were divided into tribal subgroupings or clans/hordes, of which the following names survive.

  • Taib. (Carson river)
  • Munumbara. (Headwaters of the Forrest River)
  • Kalari. (Middle Drysdale River)
  • Andedja. (Southern tributaries of upper Forrest River).
  • Piarngongo. (Mount Beatrice).[2]

Tindale also speaks of a Wilawila group, the Tjawurungari/Tawandjangango, on the Osborne Islands, speaking a lighter dialect of the language spoken by the Kambure.[3]

Alternative names

  • Wular. (language name)
  • Taib
  • Taibange. (Taib member),
  • Wulu.
  • Munumbara.
  • Munumburu.
  • Kalari.
  • Andedja.
  • Andidja, Andadja.
  • Piarngongo.
  • Karunjie.
  • ? Kundjanan, Kandjanan.
  • ? Ullumbuloo.[2]

Notes

Citations

  1. ^ Hernández 1941a, p. 212.
  2. ^ a b c d Tindale 1974, p. 261.
  3. ^ Tindale 1974, p. 262.

Sources

Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wilawila&oldid=813051951"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilawila
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Wilawila"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA