Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Lardiil (QLD)
LocationMornington Island and the shore of Appel Channel on Denham Island. The rest of Denham Island was Janggal territory. Color plate 2 is relevant. The term Lilumbant is applied to the Lardiil and the Jokula of the mainland by mainlanders to differentiate them from the Janggal who are called Balumbant (= people from the west). They have the rite of circumcision and a limited form of subincision. Their practices are less secret than those conducted on the mainland, but women are not present at the principal rites as they are on Bentinck Island.
Co-ordinates137°20'E x 16°35'S
Area400 sq. m. (1,000 sq. km.)
ReferencesHedley, 1903; Roth, 1904; Sharp, 1935, 1939; Tindale, 1940, 1949, 1956, 1960 MS, 1962, 1963 MS; Capell, 1942; Australian Encyclopedia, 1958; Mackay, 1959; Simmons, Tindale and Birdsell, 1962; Simmons, Graydon and Tindale 1964; Trezise, 1969; Tindale and George, 1971.
Alternative NamesLardil, Lardi:i (typographical error), Laierdila, Ladil, Kunana (n.n. for Mornington Island), Kuna'na, Gunana, Mornington Island tribe (of Hedley). Kare-wa (dialect name fide Roth).
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

Collection AA346 Board for Anthropological Research

Collection AA689 Joseph Benjamin Birdsell