The Wagoman were an indigenous Australian people of the Northern Territory.


The Wagoman language is a language isolate. It has been contrasted for its comparative roughness to the smooth, euphonious sound of Marrithiel spoken down country by the Marrithiyal.[1]


The Wagoman had, in Tindale 's estimation, approximately 1,800 square miles (4,700 km2) of territory in the area southwest of the Daly River, and in the area of Dorisvale, and from Bamboo Creek northwards as far as Douglas Homestead. Their frontier to the west, west of Oooloo, lay on the Daly River Crossing close to Mount Nancar, a place where they were accustomed to meet up with the neighbouring tribes, the Kamor and Ngolokwangga.[2] It was considered a stoney country.[1]

Social organization

The western tribes of the Wagoman were called collectively the Wongkakaringa.[2]

Alternative names

  • Wagaman,[3] Wageman, Wogeman
  • Wongkakaringa
  • Ongkakaringa[4]



    1. Stanner 1938, p. 102.
    2. Tindale 1974, p. 236.
    3. Stanner 1936.
    4. Tindale 1974, p. 442.


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    • Stanner, W. E. H. (December 1933). "Ceremonial economics of the Mulluk Mulluk and Madngella tribes of the Daly River". Oceania. 4 (2). JSTOR 40327457.
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