Dhay'yi people

The Daii or Dhay'yi are an indigenous Australian people of the Northern Territory.


The tribal ethnonym Daii is formed from the demonstrative pronoun for 'this'.[1]


In Norman Tindale's estimation the Daii occupied 800 square miles (2,100 km2) of land, extending northwards from the shores of Blue Mud Bay as far as the Koolatong River. Their inland extension ran at least to Ngilipidji.[1]

Social organization

The Daii consisted of two clans, which formed the basis for marriage exchanges:-

  • Dalwangu
  • Djawark[1]

The Dalwangu moiety was jiritja, the Djawark a dua moiety.[1]


The Daii's lands accessed the rich quartzite quarry at Ngilipidji, which provided stone for prized implements that could be traded. The local industry was, according to archaeologists, probably spurred by the rise of precolonial contacts with Asia'sSouth Sulawesi Makassar voyagers.[2]

Alternative names

  • Taii
  • Tai
  • Dalwango
  • Dalwongo
  • Dalwongu
  • Darlwongo
  • Dhalwangu
  • Djawark
  • Djarlwa:g[1]



    1. Tindale 1974, p. 222.
    2. Hiscock 2007, p. 282.


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    • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1925–1926). "Natives of Groote Eylandt and the west coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Parts I-II". Records of the South Australian Museum. 3: 61–102, 103–134.CS1 maint: date format (link)
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    • Warner, W. Lloyd (April–June 1931). "Morphology and Functions of the Australian Murngin Type of Kinship (Part II)". American Anthropologist. New Series. 33 (2): 172–198. doi:10.1525/aa.1931.33.2.02a00030. JSTOR 660835.
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