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The Parrintyi, also written Barindji, are an indigenous Australian people of the state of New South Wales. They are to be neatly distinguished from the Paaruntyi.


Parrintyi is said to mean 'forest people' but may have originated from the toponym for a creek known as the Paroo.[1]


Norman Tindale estimated Parrintyi lands as encompassing roughly 9,000 square miles (23,000 km2) of tribal territory. Their land consisted of large stretches of mallee, mulga, swamp and sand land running parallel rto, and east of, the Darling River. Tindale set their southern boundaries from Moira to within 30 miles (48 km) of Euston, and their eastern extension in the vicinity of Ivanhoe. To their west, he added, they took in Manara Range Albermarle, Carowra, Kilfera, and Manfred.[1]

Running clockwise from the north, their neighbours were the Naualko, followed by the Ngiyambaa to their east, the Yitayita on their southeastern flank, while the southern Paakantyi inhabited the land to their west.

Social organization[edit]

The Parrintyi were organized into clans (hordes) of which the following eight are known:

  • Lagerung
  • Murro
  • Milparo
  • Boanjilla
  • Pularli
  • Nielyi-gulli
  • Kurlkgulli
  • Karndukul.[2][1]

Alternative names[edit]

  • Barrengee
  • Beriait, Berri-ait.[a]
  • Paru, Paroo
  • Bpaaroo. (creek name)
  • Bpaa'roon-jee[1]


  1. ^ On the confusion surrounding these two variants, see Hercus 1989[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Tindale 1974, p. 192.
  2. ^ Cameron 1885, p. 346.
  3. ^ Hercus 1989, pp. 45ff..