Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Mitaka (QLD)
LocationFrom Durrie north to Glengyle; east to near Monkira; about Lake Machattie, west to Kalidawarry. They practiced both circumcision and subincision as initiatory rites for men. O'Grady et al. (1966) mistakenly identified these people with the Maithakari (Mitakudi) who live north of Cloncurry, 350 miles (550 km.) away. The equation with the last-named term is illusory since its first i should be read as the diphthong ai (see note in text).
Co-ordinates139°25'E x 25°0'S
Area4,800 sq. m. (12,500 sq. km.)
ReferencesFraser 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902; Reese, 1927 MS; Tindale, 1940; O'Grady et al., 1966; Breen, 1969 MS; Blake, 1969 MS.
Alternative NamesMittaka, Mittuka, Marunga (name claimed by one of the last survivors, Mit:aka being supposedly a Dieri term), Marrala and Marranda (language names), Murunuta, Midaga.
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