Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Ngawait (SA)
LocationBanks of Murray River from between Boggy Flat and Penn Reach to near Loxton; on western side of Barmera Lake; a small tribe with three or more hordes. One of the small tribes collectively called the Meru or Maru. They had also a southwestern point of access to the Murray River at a place called Wutjuwutj, whose geographical position has been identified lately by an aboriginal as between Nildottie and Devon Downs on the plateau.
Co-ordinates140°10'E x 34°15'S
Area1,600 sq. m. (3,900 sq. km.)
ReferencesEyre, 1845; Angas, 1847; Taplin, 1879; Mathews, 1898 (Gr. 6569), Brown, 1918; Tindale, 1927 MS, 1939, 1940, and MS; Radcliffe-Brown, 1930.
Alternative NamesNgawaitjung, Nyauaitj, Nauait, Nanait (misprint), Ngawaitjung (language name), Ngawijung, Narwejung, Narwijjong, Narwijjerook, Eritark (Nganguruku term), Njawatjurk (Maraura term), Meru (general term means man, applied to several tribes), Wem:ara (Ngaiawang term), Barmerara Meru (horde at Barmera), Muljulpero maru (a horde).
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