Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Oitbi (NT)
LocationSouth coast of Cobourg Peninsula; Sir George Hope Islands. Schmidt's error in placing this tribe at West Alligator River on his map was corrected in an addendum. The alternative name Bidjenelumbo is probably Macassar Malay in origin; this was an area much frequented by them and Earl records early Malayan admixture. Berndt and Berndt (1951) place their name Woreidbug as a synonym of Amarak; it probably relates to the Wurango. This is an old area of tribal fragmentation; see list of other small tribes under Iwaidja. The 'Raffles Bay' tribal language of Foelsche was obtained principally from this people.
Co-ordinates132°30'E x 11°30'S
Area300 sq. m. (800 sq. km.)
ReferencesEarl, 1846; Foelsche in Curr, 1886; Eylmann, 1908; Schmidt, 1919; Berndt and Berndt, 1951.
Alternative NamesHeutbi (['oitbi] = ['auitbi] no), Oitbo, Bidjenelumbo, Bijnalumbo (for Wa:reidbug and Woreidbug, see Wurango).
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