Mirning

The Mirning language is located on the far west coast of the state of South Australia, crossing into Western Australia. It lies west of the Wirangu language and south of the Ngalea language.


Today, Mirning people live in many communities including Ceduna, Yalata and Koonibba

AIATSIS id : A.09

Variations

Ba:duk (term used by others, meaning 'circumcised', also can mean 'ignorant'), Baaduk, Bardok, East Meening (term coined by P. W. Schmidt; for West Mining had term Ngad-junmaia), East Mining, Ikala, Ikula, Jirkala-Mining (jirkala / yirkala = ‘buck bush’, an indirect reference to those who live on the cliff top and open plateau) , Julbara, Julbari (means 'south,' term applied by groups to north), Jurgala, Jurgula, Meening, Minal-njunga, Mining (valid alternative pronunciation), Mininj (where j = y), Minnal-yungar, Minning, Minninng, Mirin, Mirning (used by AIATSIS), Mirningj (Brandenstein), Mirniny (used by O’Grady), Murram, Ngadjadjara, Ngadjudjara and Ngadjuwonga (hearsay names applied by Jangkundjara / Yankunytjatjara), Ngandada, Ngandatha, Wanbiri (basic meaning = 'sea coast'), Wanmaraing, Warnabinnie, Warnabirri, Warna-birrie, Wonbil also Wonburi (Kokatha names for the Jirkala-mirning), Wonunda, Wonunda-meening ('wonunda’, basic meaning of 'low country,' hence applies to people living around Eyre and south of the Hampton cliff scarp), Wonunda-minung, Yerkla-mining, Yircla, Yirkala-Mining, Yirkla, Yirola, Yoongar.

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39 McKenzie St.
Ceduna SA 5690
Phone: 08 8625 3210
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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.