Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Umede (WA)
LocationCoast and inlets south of Yampi Sound to Cone Bay, islands from Koolan Island north to Macleay Island, west to Bathurst Island, Bayliss Island, and islands in Strickland Bay; inland usually only to the watershed, but they claimed country near Shoal Bay afterward taken by the Worora and the country south to Oobagooma. Some of the people were taken to Beagle Bay where they died. Some mixed blood descendants live in Broome. They were principally a nomadic raft-using people who lived on offshore islands and were friendly with the Djaui and Ongkarango.
Co-ordinates123°55'E x 16°25'S
Area1,800 sq. m. (4,700 sq. km.)
ReferencesTindale, 1953 MS; Coate, 1966.
Alternative NamesUmeda, Umidi, Aobidai (of Ongkarango), Umi:da, Oken, Okat, Okwata, O:ka:ta, O:kada (alternative name applied by themselves; used as a language term by the Ongkarango who speak the same language).
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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