The Adnyamathanha people are from the greater Flinders Ranges area. The name Adnyamathanha means ‘Rock People’. According to one account, this relates to the striking and unique rock formations in and around Vulkathunha - the Flinders and Gammon ranges. Today, there are different dialect or language groups within Adnyamathanha, with people identifying as Kuyani-Adnyamathanha, Wailpi-Adnyamathanha, Yadliawarda-Adnyamathanha, Pirlatpa-Adnyamathanha, or simply Adnyamathanha. Adnyamathanha people live in places like Nepabunna, Ikara (Wilpena Pound) and Leigh Creek, as well as in towns and cities throughout South Australia including Port Augusta and Adelaide.

Community language revival efforts are underway to bolster the Adnyamathanha language. The MLT has been involved in Adnyamathanha language work for some time. Last year, in 2017, a language recording trip took place which will contribute to the creation of a database of Adnyamathanha language and variations of orthography (writing system). This database will provide Adnyamathanha people with a detailed record of their language as it is spoken today.  A wordlist has also been written using the research of linguist Geoffrey O’Grady, and in 2004, Guy Tunstill worked with Adnyamathanha people to produce an R-12 language curriculum called 'Ngarlpula'.

AIATSIS id : L.10

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Inhaadi Adnyamathanha Ngawarla Language and Culture Course at Tauondi College inc. 2010-2011

To revitalise the Adnyamathanha language through teaching activities, learning resources and language camps. To keep developing diverse means of language learning, including the visiting…

Adnyamathanha language project at Nipapanha (Nepabunna) Community

To produce video documentation of Adnyamathanha language speakers at traditional sites. To transmit cultural knowledge in well spoken Adnyamathanha to the young people. To publish a…

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Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association Inc RNTBC
Contact Officer:    Janet Coulthard
Mail Address:      PO Box 172, Hawker SA 5434
Phone Number:    (08) 8231 1110
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The above map is based upon the Horton Indigenous Map of Australia © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, 1996. The full map is available on the AIATSIS website. The locations of the languages of SA, as stated on the this website are not intended for Land Claim use, and are an approximate guide only. Individual language project locations are based on information from publicly available MILR (ILS) documents.