Ngadjunmaia (WA)

LocationGoddard Creek south to Mount Ragged, Israelite Bay, and Point Malcolm, possession of the latter place being a matter of dispute with the Njunga people since before contact times; west to Fraser Range; east to near Narethal and to near Point Culver on the coast; at Mount Andrew and Balladonia. They practice circumcision and subincision. Several members of this tribe possessed six fingers and toes. One such family shifted to the Bremer Bay area in historical time; a girl of the family was photographed by Helms at Fraser Range during the Elder Expedition.

The Ngadjunmaia are known to the southwestern uncircumcised tribes as Wanggara, a term that has a derogatory significance based on the fancied resemblance of their mutilated organs to the beaks of ducks.

Co-ordinates123°45'E x 32°15'S
Area20,600 sq. m. (53,600 sq. km.)
ReferencesWells, 1893; Helms, 1896; Schmidt, 1919; Hassell, 1936; Tindale, 1940, 1950 MS, 1966 MS, 1968 MS.
Alternative NamesNgadjunpakara, Ngadjunpukara, Ngadjunma (valid short form of name), Ngadju: (['nadan] = yes), Ba:donjunga (i.e., subincised men, Wudjari term), Bardok (means 'subincised'), Pardoak (Wiilman term), Ngadjumaja (of Njunga tribe to south), Malba (general name for their language; it is applied by southern tribes to the languages of the Kalaako and Kalamaia as well as the Ngadjunmaia; the term really means the 'circumcised ones'), Fraser Range tribe, Minninng, West Meening (term coined by P. W. Schmidt), West Mining, Buljigu (dialect spoken by northern Ngadjunmaia hordes).