Wotjobaluk (VIC)

LocationWimmera River, Lakes Hindmarsh and Albacutya; Outlet Creek; south to Dimboola, Kaniva, and Servicetown; west to beyond Yanac; east to Warracknabeal and Lake Korong; north to Pine Plains. Hartmann listed eleven known hordes. They ranged west into part of the country regionally known as the Tatiara or Tjatijala. Mathews (1902 [GR. 6401]) arbitrarily used the term as a language name. His 1904 version (Gr. 6501) under this tribal name is based on data from a northeastern horde close to Warkawarka. There the term for man is [kuli] whereas his Buibatjali dialect is based on a more southern horde that used the term ['wutju] = ['wotjo] for man.
Co-ordinates141°45'E x 35°50'S
Area4,800 sq. m. (12,500 sq. km.)
ReferencesFrancis in Smyth, 1878; Hartmann in Smyth, 1878; Spieseke in Smyth, 1878; Wilson in Smyth, 1878; Howitt, 1885, 1888, 1904; Curr, 1887; Haynes in Curr, 1887; Robertson in Bride, 1898; Mathews, 1902 (Gr. 6401), 1903 (Gr. 6481, 6489, 6501, 6503, 6514); Thomas, 1904; Parker, 1905; Stone, 1911; Tindale, 1940, and MS; Massola, 1962, 1968, 1970; Hercus, 1966, 1970.
Alternative NamesWotjo-ba-laiuruk (lit. 'men and women'), Wuttya-ullak, Wuttyuballeak, Buibatjali (dialect name), buibatyalli, Wattyabullak, Woychibirik (name for man = ['wotjo]), Woitu bullar (plural of man as used in Baraparapa tribe), Tjatijala (regional name west of Lake Hindmarsh), Tyattyalla, Djadjala, Iyattyala (misprint), Kurm-me-lak (horde name = Gromiluk), Wimmera tribe, Gourrbaluk (Gour = Lake Hindmarsh, name used by Wembawemba), Gnallbagootchyourl (Ngalbagutja = Lake Albucutya, name applied to northern hordes of tribe by the Wembawemba), Malikunditj (name given by northern tribes), Malleegunditch.