The Marranunggu are an indigenous Australian people, and language group,[1] of the Northern Territory.


Marranunggu is classified as one of the dialects of the Marranji group of the Western Daly languages, together with Menhthe and Emmi.[2]


The Marranunggu's traditional lands were south of the Daly River[3][4]

According to Norman Tindale's calculations, the Marinunggo had roughly 250 square miles (650 km2) of tribal territory around the area of the Dilke Range and running in a northeasterly direction towards the swamplands of the Daly River.[5]

Alternative names

  • Marranunga.
  • Maranunggo.
  • Marranunngo[6]
  • Maranunga.
  • Maranungo.[5]



    1. Grim 2006, p. 287.
    2. Marett, Barwick & Ford 2013, p. 77.
    3. Stanner 1933, p. 159.
    4. Rose 2000, p. 61.
    5. Tindale 1974, p. 231.
    6. Sutton 2004, p. 169.


    • Basedow, Herbert (1907). "Anthropological notes on the Western Coastal tribes of the Northern Territory of South Australia". Journal of the Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia. 31: 1–62.
    • Dahl, Knut (1895). "Treatment after circumcision in the Hermit Hill tribe, Daly River, Northern Territory". Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia. Adelaide. 19: 122–123.
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