Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Kawadji (QLD)
LocationNight Island and on the coast opposite; they visit outlying reefs in double-outriggered wooden canoes called tango ['tango]; they are intimately associated with the Ombila and also with the Pontunj whose language (Jangkonju) they speak.
Co-ordinates143°25'E x 13°10'S
Area100 sq. m. including reefs (250 sq. km.)
ReferencesHale and Tindale, 1933; Thomson, 1934, 1952; Tindale, 1940 and MS.
Alternative NamesKawadji (term also used by Kandju and other interior tribes where ['kawai] = east), Mälnkänidji (['malngkan] = beach and ['idja] = belonging to), Jangkonju (language term shared with Pontunj), Yankonyu, 'Night Island people.'
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 AA338 Norman Barnett Tindale