Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Pilatapa (SA)
LocationNortheast of northern Flinders Ranges; north of Lake Frome; east to Callabonna and almost to Tilcha; northwest to Lake Blanche and Blanchewater; south to Wooltana and Hamilton Creek. They practiced circumcision, but not subincision, as an initiation rite for males. The poor soil of their country, resembling dung ['kuna], was the basis of a derogatory term applied to them by tribes in the Flinders Ranges.
Co-ordinates139°50'E x 29°50'S
Area5,000 sq. m. (13,000 sq. km.)
ReferencesGason in Curr, 1886; Gason, 1895; Mathews, 1898 (Gr. 6464), 1900 (Gr. 6448); Strehlow, 1910; A. M. Morgan, 1930 MS; Elkin, 1931; Tindale, 1940.
Alternative NamesPidlatapa (valid alternative), Piladapa, Pilladapa, Pillitapa (MS), Billidapa, Pulladapa, Berluppa, Pilliapp, Jarikuna (derogatory term applied by the Wailpi), Yarrikuna.
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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