Ngemba/Ngiyampaa

Alternative Names

Ngeumba, Negunbah, Ngiamba, Ngaiamba, Gai-amba, Nyamba, Ugumba (typographical error)

Ngemba Location

Ngemba Region MapLocated South bank of Barwon and Darling rivers from Brewarrina to Dunlop; on Yanda Creek; south to head of Mulga Creek; on Bogan River.

Mathews implies that the southern boundary was a little farther south than as given to me in 1938. These were the people who possessed the famous fish traps in the Darling River at Brewarrina. The name of this tribe should not be confused with the language name of the Weilwan, which is Ngiumba.

Co-ordinates 146°5’E x 30°30’S
Area 6,600 sq. m. (17,200 sq. km)

 

Language

Black Duck Purangun
Carpet python Yapaa
Goanna(Sand) Thulii
Goanna(tree) Kuukaarr
Emu Ngurruy
Kangaroo(red) Marrawuy
Kangaroo(western gray) Kirrpatya
Mallee Fowl Yangkay
Porcupine/Echidna Thikarrpila
People Mayi
Language Ngiyampaa
Country,homeland,’camp-world’ Ngurrampaa
Camp Ngurra
Flame or light Ngalan
Water Kali
Wind Miyarr
Spirit man Kurikuta
wilga (tree) wilkarr

References    Ridley, 1862; Fraser, 1892; Mathews, 1903 (Gr. 6398), 1904 (Gr. 6451), 1907 (Gr. 6423, 6510, 6513), 1908 (Gr. 6540, 6495), 1909 (Gr. 6550); Thomas, 1906; Enright, 1937; Tindale, 1940; Dunbar, 1943, 1944, 1945; Berndt, 1947; Wurm, 1963.