Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Arnga (WA)
LocationSouth of the Forrest River; on King and Pentecost rivers, extending along the western side of Wyndham Gulf to the Durack River, but going no farther inland than the lower ends of the river gorges; their language is different from that of the Kitja tribe. The horde known as ['Bugai':] is sometimes claimed as belonging to the Jeidji tribe. The Guragona horde of the Wenambal is said to be 'very close' to the Arnga. Davidson (1938) treated the term Arawodi as if it warranted tribal status.
Co-ordinates128°0'E x 15°45'S
Area2,700 sq, m. (7,000 sq. km.)
ReferencesBasedow, 1925; Elkin, 1933; Kaberry, 1935; Davidson, 1938; Capell, 1940; Tindale, 1940, 1953 MS; Birdsell, 1954 MS.
Alternative NamesWoljamidi, Woljamiri, Molyamidi, Kuluwara, Kuluwaran, Guluwarin, Kolaia, Arawari, Arawodi, ? Yamandil.
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 AA108 Francis James Gillen

Collection AA338 Norman Barnett Tindale

Collection AA346 Board for Anthropological Research

Collection AA689 Joseph Benjamin Birdsell