Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Maiawali (QLD)
LocationOn the Diamantina River from Davenport Downs and Diamantina lakes north to Old Cork; on Mayne River to Mount Vergemont; west to Springvale; southeast to Farrars Creek; at Connemara and Brighton Downs. Hill describes them as practicing both circumcision and subincision. They may only have accepted the latter rite in the early days of settlement, as other data suggests they did not practice it. The Malintji were related but refrained from both initiation procedures. They made use of milled grass seed as food.
Co-ordinates141°40'E x 23°30'S
Area12,200 sq. m. (31,700 sq. km.)
ReferencesParry-Okeden, 1897; Roth, 1897; Lamb, 1899, 1904; Dutton, 1901, 1906; Hill, 1901; Mackie, 1901; Tindale, 1940 and MS; Durack, 1959; Breen, 1969 MS; Blake, 1969 MS.
Alternative NamesMaiali, Majawali, Mailly, Myall, Myallee, Myoli, Myall, Miorli, Majuli (error in 1940 edition), Puruga (literally, 'penis people' from their having accepted circumcision).
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 AA357 William Delano Walker