Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Ngarinjin (WA)
LocationFrom Walcott Inlet at Mount Page, southeast along the north face of the King Leopold Range in the Isdell Valley to Isdell Range, thence east to Phillips Range, the headwaters of Chapman River, Blackfellow Creek, and Wood River; north along the Barnett and Harris Ranges; at Gibb River junction with upper Drysdale; on upper waters of Drysdale River to near Maitland Range; on King River headwaters north to about Mount Reid; west to about Mounts Bradshaw and Hann; southeast to Mount French on the highlands, thence south by west to Walcott Inlet opposite Mount Page. Divided into about forty named local groups or hordes each with a clan and moiety classification. In pre-European times the Ngarinjin were pressing south into territory held by the Punaba. The northern boundary as mapped has been confirmed by the fieldwork of Lucich (1966 MS).
Co-ordinates126°0'E x l6°15'S
Area10,500 sq. m. (27,300 sq. km.)
ReferencesElkin, 1930, 1933; Love, 1931 MS (in letter), 1950; Kaberry, 1939; Capell, 1940, 1963, 1966; Tindale, 1940, 1953 MS; Petri, 1952; Mann, 1954; Birdsell, 1954 MS; Coaldrake, 1954 MS; Playford, 1960; Lucich, 1966 MS; Coate, 1966; Lommel, 1969; Coate and Oates, 1970.
Alternative NamesGular (name given to hordes between Karunjie and Gibb River Stations by Forrest River people; ['kular] = west), Ungarinjin, Unngarinjin (as spoken by a Worora), Warnarinjin, Angarinjin, Ngarinjin (as articulated by Moreng), Wangarinjinu (language name), Arawari (lit. 'southeastwards,' a Worora name), Ingarinjindja (a man of the tribe), Njingarinjanja (a woman of the tribe), Arkarinjindja (people of the tribe), Oladjau (language name used by Miriwung tribe; their contacts are through the Kitja to Ola people), Marangana (name applied to all people who speak like the Ngarinjin), Walmidi (Forrest River name), Andedja (northern term), Andidja, Narrinyind, Ungarinyin, Ungarinjen, Ngaring-ngyan, Ngerringun, Kandjalngari (name of a horde on northern boundary of tribe).
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 AA105 Henry Kenneth Fry

Collection AA338 Norman Barnett Tindale

Collection AA346 Board for Anthropological Research

Collection AA689 Joseph Benjamin Birdsell