Duwala (NT)

LocationA loose linguistic grouping of clans, all of the Jiritja moiety, living intermingled with the Duwal, which is a different linguistic group of clans, all of the Dua moiety. Their country extends northeast of a line running between Castlereagh Bay and the east coast of Arnhem Land at Port Bradshaw, Cape Shield, and as far south as Koolatong River. For further discussion, see Schebeck (1971) and the summary in this work under the heading Duwal. The list of seven Jiritja clans of the Duwala, with spelling variants is based principally on Schebeck's findings. The importance of the Kupapuingu clan has been accentuated by the adoption of its dialect by missionaries, as a lingua franca in the Area: 1. Kupapuingu (Kopapingu, Gupapuyngu, Kopapoingo, Koparpingu, Kopapaingo, Gupapuynu, Gupapuyna, Kuppapoingo, Gobabwingu, Gobabwingo, Gobabuinggu, Gubabuingu, Gababingo, Gububuinung, Bababingo, Guba, Gobagwingo [typographical error], Dajoror). 2. Kujamirilili (Guyamirrilili, Gwijamil, Gwiyamil). 3. Gumatj (Gomaidj, Gumadji, Komaits, Gumaitj, Gomaid). 4. Manggalili. 5. Makarwanalmiri (Makarrwanhalmirri, Mugarganalmiri). 6. Wobulkara (Wulkara, Wobulgarra, Wowulkarra, Obulgara, Wolgara). 7. Madarpa (Mararba, Madarrpa, Maderpa, Jithuwa, Jiduwa, Malarbardjuradj, Malarrbartjuray).
Co-ordinates135°40'E x 12°30'S
AreaNo separate estimate possible.
ReferencesWebb, 1933; Warner, 1937; Tindale, 1940; Capell, 1942, 1956, 1965; Berndt and Berndt, 1951, 1964; Thomson, 1952; Robinson, 1956; Lockwood, 1962; Lowe, MS (quoted by Wurm, 1965); Berndt, 1965; Anonymous, 1969; Schebeck, 1970 MS, 1971; Peterson, 1970 pers. comm.; Jennison, MS.
Alternative NamesDuala, Du:ala, Murngin (in part), Wulamba (in part).