Watjarri

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The Wadjari are an indigenous Australian people located in the Mid west region of Western Australia.

Mid West (Western Australia) Region in Western Australia

The Mid West region is one of the nine regions of Western Australia. It is a sparsely populated region extending from the west coast of Western Australia, about 200 kilometres (120 mi) north and south of its administrative centre of Geraldton and inland to 450 kilometres (280 mi) east of Wiluna in the Gibson Desert.

Western Australia State in Australia

Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, and the Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east, and South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia's largest state, with a total land area of 2,529,875 square kilometres, and the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia's Sakha Republic. The state has about 2.6 million inhabitants – around 11 percent of the national total – of whom the vast majority live in the south-west corner, 79 per cent of the population living in the Perth area, leaving the remainder of the state sparsely populated.

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Language

Watjarri is one of the Kartu languages. [1]

Country

Wadjari lands located in the Mid West region, encompassed an estimated 35,000 square miles (91,000 km2) of tribal territory. Their northern borders ranged as far as the hills above Lyons River headwaters, including Mount Isabella and the Teano and Waldburg ranges. The upper Gascoyne River also formed part of their traditional lands. Their western borders were around Byro and the Dalgety Downs, and west of the Three Rivers. The Wadjari also were present at Erivilla, and Milgun and as far south as Cheangwa and the Roderick and upper Sanford rivers. [2]

Lyons River river in Western Australia, Australia

The Lyons River is a river in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.

Gascoyne River river in Australia

The Gascoyne River is a river in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. At 865 kilometres (537 mi), it is the longest river in Western Australia.

Byro Station

Byro Station is a pastoral lease and sheep station that also carries cattle located in the Mid West region of Western Australia.

Notes

    Citations

    1. Koch 2004, p. 36.
    2. Tindale 1974, pp. 257–258.

    Sources

    Not to be confused with the Australian Department of Aboriginal Affairs

    Wilfrid Henry Douglas ("Wilf") was a missionary, linguist and translator, and carried out important early work on many indigenous Australian languages.

    Robert Malcolm Ward Dixon is a Professor of Linguistics in the College of Arts, Society, and Education and The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Queensland. He is also Deputy Director of The Language and Culture Research Centre at JCU. Doctor of Letters, he was awarded a prestigious Honorary Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa by JCU in 2018. Fellow of British Academy; Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and Honorary member of the Linguistic Society of America, he is one of three living linguists to be specifically mentioned in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics by P. H. Matthews.

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