Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Djaui (WA)
LocationSunday Island and archipelago; north to West Roe Island; west to Jackson Island; in modern times claim landing rights on the eastern coast of Dampier peninsula between Cunningham Point and Swan Point. Reef dwellers, traveling from island to island on rafts of mangrove poles pegged together. The islands claimed and used are in part determined by the set of the profound tides upon which they depend for locomotion. Plate 3 is relevant.
Co-ordinates123°10'E x 16°25'S
Area50 sq. m. (130 sq. km.), including reefs.
ReferencesBird, 1909, 1910, 1915-1916, 1926; Bates, 1914; Stuart, 1923; Elkin, 1933, 1936; Petri, 1939; Capell, 1940; Tindale, 1940, 1953 MS; Worms, 1950; Nekes and Worms, 1953; Coate, 1966.
Alternative NamesDjawi, Djau, Chowie, Djaoi, Tohawi, Tohau-i (name for main island of Buccaneer Group), Ewenu (native name of Sunday Island), Ewanji, Ewenyoon, I:wanja (another version of name of Sunday Island).
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.

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