Jeithi people

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The Jeithi were an indigenous Australian people of the state of New South Wales.


The Jeithi people lived in an area, characterized by eucalyptus woodland interspersed with stands of native pine, between the Murray River and south-southwest of Wagga Wagga,[1] estimated by Norman Tindale to cover some 5,000 square miles (13,000 km2). They ranged from the west of Tocumwal to near Howlong, their northern reaches extending to Lake Urana, Jerilderie and Lockhart. Their tribal lands took in areas of both the Yanko and Billabong creeks.[2]

Social organization[edit]

Little is known of the tribe, other than that they were composed of several clans with a moiety system.[3]

History of contact[edit]

Already at the time of earliest European penetration of their territory, the Jeithi were being displaced by pressure from the Wiradjuri on their territory to the east.[3]

Alternative names[edit]

  • Yeidthee
  • Pikkolatpan.[a]

Some words[edit]

  • womboi. (kangaroo)
  • middi. (tame dog)
  • mama. (father)
  • gooni. (mother)
  • gooin. (whiteman)[4]


  1. ^ This may be the name of a horde, or an alternative name for the Victorian Kwatkwat.[2]


  1. ^ Tindale 1974, p. 129.
  2. ^ a b Tindale 1974, pp. 193–194.
  3. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 193.
  4. ^ McLean 1887, p. 394.