Djinba (NT)

LocationAn inland tribe extending south from the northern edge of the great Arafura Swamp to the upper waters of the true Goyder River at about 13°15'S lat.; west to the divide with Guyuyu Creek; east only to where eastern creeks enter the Arafura Swamp. This appears to be the northernmost tribe in eastern Arnhem Land to preserve the usual Australian tribal structure. It has both Dua and Jiritja clans. Past confusion about the territorial limits of the tribe have been accentuated by misidentifications of the Goyder River, which terminates in the Arafura Swamp. A coastal estuarine stream that flows from its northern margin is the true Glyde River. The Woolen River, which lies to the east, has been incorrectly marked as the Goyder on some anthropologists sketch maps. Thus Warner, Thomson, and Berndt are writing about different rivers when they speak of the Goyder.
Co-ordinates134°55'E x 12°50'S
Area1,200 sq. m. (3,100 sq. km.)
ReferencesTindale, 1925; Radcliffe-Brown, 1930; Warner, 1931, 1937; Davidson, 1938; Sweeney, 1939 MS; Thomson, 1939, 1948, 1949; Capell, 1942; Macintosh, 1951; Berndt and Berndt, 1953, 1964; Elkin, 1961; Schebeck, 1970 MS, Peterson, 1970 pers. comm.
Alternative NamesDjinba (name based on the demonstrative pronoun = this), Jinba, Djimba (typographical error), Outjanbah, Gunalbingu (a northwestern part of the tribe), Ganalbwingu, Kurkamarnapia (southeastern part of the tribe).