Kula tribe (Australia)

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The Kula, also known as the Kurnu, were an indigenous Australian people of the state of New South Wales.

Country[edit]

The Kula are estimated by Tindale to have held sway over roughly 4,900 square miles (13,000 km2) of territory, predominantly on the western side of the Darling River, running from near Bourke to Dunlop. They were also around the Warrego River and at Enngonia and Barringun on the border with Queensland. Their western reach ran close to Yantabulla.[1]

Alternative names[edit]

  • Noolulgo
  • Kumu (language name applied to the Kula but also to other Darling River tribes)
  • Gu:nu
  • Guemo
  • Komu
  • Kornoo
  • Cornu
  • Koonoo
  • Kuno
  • Guno, Gunu[1]

Some words[edit]

  • thirlta (kangaroo)
  • karle/kulli (dog)[2][a]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ R. H. Mathews noted down a list of parallel words for the terms used in common speech, calling this variant sacred idiom 'mystic speech', a secret language used for initiatory purposes. In this language, the word for kangaroo was burnki, and for dog munnidi, for example.[3]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 195.
  2. ^ Pechey 1872, pp. 144–145.
  3. ^ Mathews 1902, pp. 157–158.

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