Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Nangatara (WA)
LocationNorthwest of the Canning Stock Route, chiefly between Lake Wooloomber and Well 42, n.n. ['Kuljai]; northwestern boundary about halfway between Percival Lakes and Joanna Springs. In drought times they seek water from Karbardi, a place south of Adverse Well; this is a meeting place for five tribes. Main native waters: Ngokanitjarda, Mutikutjara, Kudara, Winba, Kolor, Kuljai, Nadawalu, Lo:ka, Mul:u (Morlu), Tabiiji, Badukutjara, Rama, Irilja, Linggura, Kudara, Di:ru, and Kaldjali; none of these is fixed except Kuljai, Nadawalu (Waddawalla, Well 40 of Canning Stock Route), and Di:ru (Tiru, Well 41). The area around Rama in the heart of their territory is called 'laribuka' which has a meaning of 'hard flat gravel plain.' In the recent precontact past they extended their movements northeast to near Kardalapuru (Well 47 on the Canning Stock Route) after the Walmadjari people had withdrawn northward. This is one of the tribes identified as Bedengo from their dependence on the uncertain water supplies of rock hole catchments.
Co-ordinates124°45'E x 21° 15'S
Area13,800 sq. m. (35,900 sq. km.)
ReferencesTindale, 1953 MS, 1963; Worms, 1951, 1952 MS, 1953 pers. comm., 1960; O'Grady in Capell, 1956; Petri, 1955,1956,1960,1965; Berndt, 1957,1959,1964.
Alternative NamesNangadjara, Njangadjara, Julbaritja (of Northern Njangamarda, means 'southerners'), Julbaritja (of Mangala), Yulbari-dja, Julbaridja, Ilbaridja, Nanidjara (name seemingly derisive, applied by Wanman to Nangatara and by others to the Wanman), Nangi, Mangai, Mangi.
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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