Pandjima (WA)

LocationUpper plateau of the Hamersley Range south of the Fortescue River; east to Weediwolli Creek near Marillana; south to near Rocklea, on the upper branches of Turee Creek east to the Kunderong Range. In later years under pressure from the Kurama, they moved eastward to Yandicoogina and the Ophthalmia Range forcing the Niabali eastward. They also shifted south to Turee and Prairie Downs driving out the Mandara tribe, now virtually extinct. ['Punduwana], a native place not yet located, was their main refuge water in very dry times; other refuges were in Dales Gorge and at ['Mandjima] (Mungina Creek on maps). They practiced both circumcision and subincision in their male initiation ceremonies.
Co-ordinates118°15'E x 22°50'S
Area6,600 sq. m. (17,200 sq. km.)
ReferencesBrown, 1912, 1913; Connelly, 1932; Tindale, 1953, 1966 MS; Worms, 1954; Fink, 1957 MS; Berndt, 1964; Brandenstein, 1965 MS; A.I.A.S., 1966.
Alternative NamesMandanjongo (top people; applied by Njamal to plateau dwellers including the Pandjima and Indjibandi), Bandjima (as pronounced by western tribespeople), Panjima, Pand'ima.
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