Tjalkadjara (WA)

LocationNortheast of Laverton to Lake Throssell; west nearly to Darlot; at Erlistoun; north to Lake Wells. Their water supplies were largely from the roots of eucalypts. The oldest living survivor was born at ['Pabul] (Babool Rockhole on maps) northeast of their claimed boundary at ['Baldja] (Baldya Soak on maps). Capell (1963) incorrectly associated this tribe with the Pini under his term 'Birni' and 'Biniridjara.' They were driven northwestward to Darlot after 1900 by pressure from Nangatadjara. Possession of their red ochre mine at Taralguta, north of Laverton, was a cause of conflict with other tribespeople. It was a solid red ochre (not powdery) much traded to tribes in the northwest.
Co-ordinates123°0'E x 27°50'S
Area11,300 sq. m. (29,400 sq. km.)
ReferencesMathews, 1907 (Gr. 6488); Tindale, 1940, and MS; Berndt and Berndt, 1942; Berndt, 1959; Capell, 1963.
Alternative NamesTalkumara and Tjalkandjara (valid alternatives), Tjalkakari (means 'come this way'), Wordako (language name), Tjalkani, Djalgani, Djalgandi, Tjalgandi, Erlistoun tribe (of Mathews), Dituwonga (language name given by Waljen).
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