Wurango

The Wurango or Wurrugu are an indigenous Australian people of the Northern Territory.

Country

The Wurango's tribal lands encompassed about 500 square miles (1,300 km2) around the western end of the Cobourg Peninsula including Port Essington.[1]

People

Crawford Pasco described the Wurango as he found them in 1838 as numerous, and of very good health since many reached the venerable age of 70.[2]

Social organisation

Norman Tindale speculated that mentions of the Tji and Jalo in this area clearly referring to the Wurango probably denoted hordes. If so, then he classified their respective localities as follows:

  • Tji, a Wurango horde located at the western end of the Peninsula.
  • Ja:loa Wurango horde in Port Essington.[1]

The following clan marriage sections are said to have existed:

Alternative names

  • Wurrunga, Wurrango.
  • Wuru:ku, U:ru:ku.
  • Auwulwarwak.
  • Wa:reidbug, Woreidbug.
  • Warooko.
  • Ja:lo. (ja:lo = 'no')
  • Yarlo.
  • (?) Limba-Karadjee.[lower-alpha 2] (See Iwaidja).[1]

Some words

  • naween (father)
  • noyoke (mother).[3]

Notes

  1. G.Windsor Earl, writes of Manjarojalli, Manjarwüli, and Mambulgit, mistaking these to be castes. He added however that Manjarojalli comes from ojelli (fire) meaning that this skin section sprang from fire; that Manjarwüli came from the land, while Mambulgit, though obscure, referred to net-weavers.[4]
  2. Limba Karadjee was the name assigned to the Port Essington tribe by E.M.Curr's informant, Crawford Pasco[2]

Citations

  1. Tindale 1974, p. 238.
  2. Pasco 1886, p. 268.
  3. Pasco 1886, p. 269.
  4. Earl 1846, pp. 240–241.

Sources

  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
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