Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Dieri (SA)
LocationCooper Creek between Killalapaninna and near Coongie; at Cowarie, Mulka, Lake Howitt, and Lake Hope; south to Lake Gregory and Clayton River and low country north of Mount Freeling. Tradition indicates that Dieri formerly lived in what is now Wongkanguru territory, themselves having been displaced by Wongkamala. Five-named hordes are listed by Howitt (1904). They practiced both circumcision and subincision as male rites of initiation.
Co-ordinates139°0'E x 28°20'S
Area8,400 sq. m. (21,800 sq. km.)
ReferencesMeissel, 1871; Gason, 1874, 1879, 1888, 1895; Gason in Taplin, 1879; Fison and Howitt, 1880; Howitt, 1884, 1885, 1890, 1891, 1904; Kingsmill in Curr, 1886; East, 1889; Homann in Threlkeld, 1892; Wells, 1894; Helms, 1896; Stirling, 1896; Spencer and Gillen, 1897, 1904; Semon, 1899; Mathews, 1900 (Gr. 6448 and 6528); Eylmann, 1908; Planert, 1908; Leonhardi, 1908, 1909; Siebert, 1910; Strehlow, 1910; Giglioli, 1911; Brown, 1914; Spencer, [1914]; J. Reuther, 1914 MS (in So. Aust. Museum); Gatti, 1930; Elkin, 1931; Tindale, 1934 MS; Tindale in Fenner, 1936; Fry, 1937; Tindale, 1940; Berndt and Vogelsang, 1939, 1941 (2 papers); Reuther and Strehlow (New Testament in Dieri); Berndt, 1953; Trefry, 1970.
Alternative NamesDiari, Diyeri, Dieyerie, Deerie, Dieyrie, Dayerrie, Dthee-eri, Dickeri (misprint), Kunari (n.n. of Cooper Creek), Koonarie, Wongkadieri (Arabana term), Wonkadieri, Ti:ari (of southern Aranda), Urrominna (southern term for Dieri, Kujani, and Tirari-a general term).
This information is reproduced from NB Tindale's Aboriginal Tribes of Australia (1974). Please be aware that much of the data relating to Aboriginal language group distribution and definition has undergone revision since 1974. Please note also that this catalogue represents Tindale's attempt to depict Aboriginal tribal distribution at the time of European contact.

Collection AA105 Henry Kenneth Fry

Collection AA207 Franz Xavier Carl Wilhelm Martin

Collection AA215 Carl August Meyer

Collection AA266 Johann Georg Reuther

Collection AA298 (South Australian Museum)

Collection AA3 George (Poddy) Aiston