Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Wirngir (WA)
LocationCoast from near Cape Bernier southeast to the lower Lyne River and Vancouver Point; inland no farther than the highlands. There are about nine hordes that have together been called a subtribe in the literature, without indication of specific attachment to any other. They visited Reveley Island which they knew as ['Djaru]. Their language is said to be distinctive. Lucich notes that their supposed language name, Walar, denotes a species of snake and is also the name of a clan of the Miwa tribe. Further work is urgently necessary on this area before tribal boundaries and names can be firmly established.
Co-ordinates127°50'E x 14°30'S
Area800 sq. m. (2,100 sq. km.)
ReferencesElkin, 1933; Kaberry, 1935; Capell, 1940; Tindale, 1953; Lucich, 1966 MS.
Alternative NamesWalar (supposed language name), Wular, Wola, Wadaja, Winggir (also as Baiane; native names of Cape Dussejour).
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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