Widyabal

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The Widyabal were an indigenous Australian people of the state of New South Wales.

Country[edit]

Norman Tindale assigned the Widyabal about 600 square miles (1,600 km2) of territory on the Upper Richmond River, running south from Kyogle to the area in the vicinity of Casino, with their eastern limits at Dunoon.[1]

Alternative names[edit]

  • Noowidal
  • Nowgyjul
  • Waibra
  • Ettrick tribe
  • Watji
  • Watchee[1]

Some words[edit]

  • groomon/kroomon. (kangaroo)
  • tobury. (tame dog)
  • marmong. (father)
  • kooning. (mother)
  • tucki. (whiteman)[2]

Notes[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 200.
  2. ^ Edwards 1887, p. 288.

Sources[edit]

  • Edwards, Charles (1887). "Richmond River" (PDF). In Curr, Edward Micklethwaite. The Australian race: its origin, languages, customs, place of landing in Australia and the routes by which it spread itself over the continent. Volume 3. Melbourne: J. Ferres. pp. 286–289.
  • Hargrave, E. (21 February 1903a). "Aboriginal dialects". Science of Man. 6 (1): 24–28.
  • Hargrave, E. (21 March 1903b). "Aboriginal dialects". Science of Man. 6 (2): 24–28.
  • Hargrave, E. (22 April 1903c). "Aboriginal dialects". Science of Man. 6 (3): 39–42.
  • Hargrave, E. (25 May 1903d). "Aboriginal dialects". Science of Man. 6 (4): 54–55.
  • Mathews, R. H. (1898). "Initiation Ceremonies of Australian Tribes. Appendix Nguttan initiation ceremony". Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. 37 (157): 54–73. JSTOR 983694.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Widjabal (NSW)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.