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The Paaruntyi are an indigenous Australian people of the state of New South Wales. They are not to be confused with the Parrintyi.


According to Norman Tindale's calculations the Paaruntyi would have exercised control over some 8,000 square miles (21,000 km2) of tribal land, around the Paroo River and Cuttaburra and Kulkyne Creek from Goorimpa north to Brindangabba, Berawinna Downs, as far as the border with Queensland at Hungerford. Their land inclouded Wanaaring and Yantabulla.[1]

Running clockwise from the north, their neighbours were the Kalali and Badyuri, on their eastern flank were the Kurnu, the Naualko lay to their south, while the Wanjiwalku were on their western frontier, together, in the northwest, with the Karenggapa.

Social organization and rites[edit]

The Paaruntyi had a two class system of marriage:[2]

Primary Divisions Totems
Mukwara eaglehawk (biliari); kanbgaroo (turlta); bilbly (kurte); turkey (tickara); whistling duck (kultuppa); bandicoot (burkunia)
Kilpara emu (kulthi); snake (turru); lizard (kami); wallaby(murinya); goanna (bu-una); native companion (kuntara)

The Paaruntyi rites of initiation involved neither circumcision nor subincision.[1]

Alternative names[edit]

  • Paruindji
  • Paruindi, Paruinji, Paroinge
  • Barundji, Barungi, Barinji, Bahroonjee, Baroongee, Bahroongee, Barrengee
  • Parooinge, Barunga[1]



  1. ^ a b c Tindale 1974, p. 198.
  2. ^ Cameron 1885, p. 348.