Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Miwa (WA)
LocationEast side of Napier Broome Bay and lower reaches of King Edward River; inland to about Mount Connelly; eastward to near Cape Bernier; inland on Drysdale River to the Barton Plain; eastward to the King George River and headwaters of the Berkeley River where the range is called Manungu by aborigines. The horde (clan) on the Carson River is called Taib or Taibange. It has some relationship also with the Wilawila tribe. Lucich (1966 MS) prefers the name Miwa; this term is said to mean 'saltwater'; the alternative is Konun. At Kalumburu Mission tribal distinctions have broken down in recent years and the people are now known by three new designations based on the directions of their original homes-namely Kulari, northwesterners; Kuini, southeasterners; and Walambi, westerners.
Co-ordinates127°0'E x 14°10'S
Area2,200 sq. m. (8,600 sq. km.)
ReferencesElkin, 1933; Kaberry, 1937, 1939; Capell, 1939, 1940; Tindale, 1940 (in text only), 1953 MS; Hernandez, 1941; Coaldrake, 1954 MS (letter and map); Cawte, 1963; Lucich, 1966 MS.
Alternative NamesKonun (valid alternative), Konan, Konin, Gonin, Kaianu, Kianu, Kyanoo, Murgura (name of eastern horde), Kuna, Kunange, Gunan, Koonange, Mande, Manda, Pago (not a tribal term but place name of old Drysdale Mission site), Bagu, Ba:gu, Manungu, Manunggu (a place or district name), Galumburu (place name of new Drysdale River Mission site), Kalumbura, Caloombooroo, Wulanggur (place name on Cape Talbot peninsula, also a horde name), Ulanggu Wulangu (Ngarinjin name for Miwa), Ulangu, Umari (place name on King George River), Pela, Boola, Pelange (use as tribal term not substantiated by Lucich), Walar (name of a snake clan).
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.

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