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The Wakaman are an Indigenous Australian people of the state of Queensland. Some authorities have conflated them with the Ewamin[citation needed].


The Wakaman are a savannah dwelling people of the headwaters of the Lynd River, whose northern extension ran to Mungana and the neighbourhood of Chillagoe. To the east their frontiers were on the Great Dividing Range, as far as Almaden. The western limits lay around Dagworth. On their southern flank, the frontier was around the area of Mount Surprise (near Brooklands). They were also present at Crystalbrook and Bolwarra. In Norman Tindale's estimation, they had some 4,800 square miles (12,000 km2) of tribal land.[1]

Social organization[edit]

The Wakaman tribe was divided into hordes of which two names at least survive.

  • Okenyika.
  • Tjapatja.[1]

Alternative names[edit]

  • Wagaman.
  • Wakkamon.
  • Warkaman, Warkeeman,Warkeemin.
  • Warkamin, Warkemon, Warkeemon.
  • Wataman.
  • Okenyika.
  • Tjapatja.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Tindale 1974, p. 187.


  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Wakaman (QLD)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.