Ngamba

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The Ngamba were an Australian Aboriginal tribe who traditionally lived in around the area of Southern Gumbaynggirr, from the Nambucca to the Macleay in New South Wales.

Language[edit]

The language is poorly described because little has been transmitted of its nature. It is generally believed to have been similar to Gumbaynggirr.[1]

Country[edit]

Ngamba territory comprised some 900 sq. miles from Port Macquarie and the vicinity of Rollands Plains south to the Manning River. The inland extension has not been ascertained.[2]

People[edit]

All but a few remnants of the tribe were attested by 1929, when A.R. Radcliffe-Brown described them as lingering on with descendants of the Ngaku and Daingatti.[3] According to the reminiscences of Harry Buchanan, they had been systematically and savagely exterminated by the Australian native police.[4]

Customs[edit]

The Ngamba exploited the mangrove species Avicennia marina for its bark in order to fashion their military shields.[5]

Alternative names[edit]

  • Ngambar
  • Ngeunbah[2]

Notes and references[edit]

Explanatory notes[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Eades 1979, pp. 249,251.
  2. ^ a b Tindale 1974.
  3. ^ Radcliffe-Brown 1929, pp. 400,407.
  4. ^ Eades 1979, p. 251.
  5. ^ Duke 2006, p. 22.

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