Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Punaba (WA)
LocationNorth boundary along Lady Forrest Range; west to Mount Broome; along divide of Richenda River to Granite Range and Mount Percy; southeast along Oscar Range to Brooking Springs; along Geikie Gorge and scarp of Geikie Range northeast to the headwaters of Stony Creek. Includes the whole of the eastern half of the King Leopold Ranges, particularly on the limestone areas. Ilimbiri, a spring near Mount Percy was a common refuge water shared with the Ongkomi and Njikena but in precontact times the Njikena had been hostile. Tradition in the tribe says they were driven south out of the Leopold Ranges by the Ngarinjin before the coming of white men.
Co-ordinates125°40'E x 17°45'S
Area2,500 sq. m. (6,500 sq. km.)
ReferencesMathews, 1900 (Gr. 6447); Kaberry, 1932, 1939; Elkin, 1933; Capell, 1939, 1940, 1952, 1965; Tindale, 1940, 1953 MS; Worms, 1950, 1952 MS; Australian Encyclopedia, 1958; Playford, 1960.
Alternative NamesBunaba, Punamba (of Ngarinjin), Kunamba (derogatory version by other tribespeople, 'kuna = dung), Bunapa, Booneba.
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

Collection AA346 Board for Anthropological Research

Collection AA689 Joseph Benjamin Birdsell