Wakaya people

The Wakaya are an indigenous Australian people of the Northern Territory.


Norman Tindale's estimate of the Wakaya's territory assigns them some 15,000 square miles (39,000 km2).[1]

Social economy

The Wakaya were one of the Australian peoples, the others being the Watjarri, Wanman, Pitjantjatjara, Ngadadjara and Alyawarre, who are known to have harvested purslane seeds, and threshed them within stone circles for the oily nutrients they provided.[2]

Alternative names

  • Wagaja, Waggaia.
  • Wagai, Waagai.
  • Wagaiau, Waagi.
  • Warkya.
  • Wogaia, Worgaia, Worgai, Workaia, Warkaia.
  • Workia, Workii, Woorkia.
  • Lee-wakya.
  • Akaja. ( Kaytetye exonym)
  • Ukkia, Arkiya.[1]



    1. Tindale 1974, p. 236.
    2. Tindale 1974, p. 95.


    • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Wakaja (NT)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.
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