Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Arabana (SA)
LocationNeales River on the west side of Lake Eyre west to Stuart Range; Macumba Creek south to Coward Springs; at Oodnadatta, Lora Creek, Lake Cadibarrawirracanna, and the Peake. Their boundary with the Kokata on the west is marked by the margin of the scarp of the western tableland near Coober Pedy. There were hordal groupings and their term for a hordal territory was ['wadlu]; this has been mistaken for a tribal name. While Arabana today is the accepted term, I was informed by O. Siebert that Ngarabana is a better name; some earlier recorders were unable to write or hear initial sounds. Aborigines accept Arabana but admit their grandparents would have preferred Ngarabana.
Co-ordinates136°0'E x 28°30'S
Area19,500 sq. m. (50,700 sq. km.)
ReferencesTaplin, 1879; East, 1889; Helms, 1896; Spencer and Gillen, 1900, 1904; Mathews, 1900 (Gr. 6448); Bruce, 1902; Howitt, 1904; Howitt and Siebert, 1904; Parker, 1905; Eylmann, 1908; Strehlow, 1910; Spencer, 1912; Bates, 1918; Basedow, 1925; Elkin, 1931, 1940; Siebert, personal comm. 1936; Tindale in Fenner, 1936; Tindale, 1940; Wakerley in Berndt, 1941; Yallop, 1969.
Alternative NamesNgarabana, Arabuna, Arrabunna, Arrabonna, Arubbinna, Arapina (Iliaura modern pronunciation), Arapani, Urapuna, Urabuna, Urabunna, Urroban, Rabuna (an aberrant Aranda pronunciation), Wangarabana (['wongka] = ['wangka] = talk or speech), Wongkurapuna, Wangarabunna, Wonkurabana, Jendakarangu (a horde near Coward Springs), Nulla, Yendakarangu, Peake tribe (a horde), Anna Creek tribe (a horde).
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 AA105 Henry Kenneth Fry

Collection AA108 Francis James Gillen

Collection AA122 Cecil John Hackett

Collection AA266 Johann Georg Reuther

Collection AA301 (Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer)

Collection AA309 Sir Edward Charles Stirling

Collection AA338 Norman Barnett Tindale

Collection AA346 Board for Anthropological Research

Collection AA362 Rodney James Weathersbee

Collection AA62 Edmund Albert Colson

Collection AA64 Harold More Cooper