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


The Yindjilandji language is usually grouped as one of the Ngarna languages, and considered a southern variety, and either a dialect of Wagawa if not an independent language.[1]


In Norman Tindale's guesstimate, the Yindjilandji ranged over roughly 8,200 square miles (21,000 km2) of tribal land. They were a Barkly Tableland people, occupying the area about Buchanan Creek and Ranken River, with a western limits toward Dalmore and Alroy Downs. Eastwards their terrain extended over the border with Queensland close to the headwaters of the Gregory River and Lawn Hill Creek.[2]

Alternative names

  • Indjilandji, Indjilindji
  • Injilinji
  • Intjilatja. (Alyawarre exonym)
  • Indjurandji
  • Indkilindji. (? typo)
  • Inchalachee, Inchalanchee[2]
  • Bularnu
  • Dhidhanu[3]



    1. Dixon 2002, p. xxxix.
    2. Tindale 1974, p. 226.
    3. Ethnologue.


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    • Sharp, Lauriston (March 1939). "Tribes and Totemism in North-East Australia". Oceania. 9 (3): 254–275. JSTOR 40327744.
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    • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Indjilandji (NT)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.
    • Yallop, C. L. (1969). "The Aljawara and Their Territory". Oceania. 39 (3): 187–197. JSTOR 40329775.
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