|Location||North of mouth of Russell River and inland at Babinda; north toward Deeral. A small rain forest dwelling group speaking Matjai, a speech related to Kongkandji. They are close to the Wanjuru who live farther south toward Innisfail. One Idindji informant in 1963 said they were 'the same' as Ngatjan, implying they were closely related to people of that tribe. This is perhaps the Mooka tribe of Parry-Okeden; 12 on northeastern part of NE map.|
|Co-ordinates||145°55'E x 17°20'S|
|Area||150 sq. m. (400 sq. km.)|
|References||Parry-Okeden, 1897; Tindale, 1963 MS; Dixon, 1966, 1969 MS.|
|Alternative Names||Matjai (language name), Matjandji, Madyay, ? Mooka.|
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.