The Ngarrindjeri nation comprises many language clans or laklinyerar, and is associated with the Ramindjeri, Tangane and Yaraldi groups, also listed on this website.

Ngarrindjeri ruwi (land) lies to the east of the Permangk people of the Mount Lofty Ranges, and their language is quite distinct from all the languages to the west of the Ranges, such as Kaurna, Nukunu, Ngadjuri and Narungga.

The traditional country of the Ngarrindjeri nation is an expansive broad triangular stretch of land from Murray Bridge on the lower Murray River, across to the southern tip of Fleurieu Peninsula and down to the granites near Kingston, south of the Coorong.

Regionally, it encompasses Wellington, Tailem Bend, Meningie, the Murray Mouth, Hindmarsh Island, Goolwa, Currency Creek, Port Elliot, and Victor Harbor, the Encounter Bay area as well as the eastern scarp of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Further south into the heartland is Raukkan, ‘the home of the Ngarrindjeri’, situated on Lake Alexandrina which is adjoined at ‘the narrows’ to Lake Albert and surrounded by the Coorong and the Great Southern Ocean.

AIATSIS id : S.69

NOTE: This Ngarrindjeri language entry is relevant to a number of other language varieties listed on this website. These other language varieties are either closley related to the Ngarrindjeri language or are dialects of the Ngarrindjeri language itself. They include: Maintangk, Ramindjeri, Tangane and Yaraldi

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The Postcards Project produced a series of Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna Language Postcards to raise public awareness of Indigenous Languages in SA.

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In 2006-2007, the UniSA undertook to publish an accessible Learners' Guide to the Ngarrindjeri Language of SA to aid learning the traditional grammar of the language.

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In 2007-2008 a trial training program for Indigenous language workers continued for the Ngarrindjeri language in Murray Bridge.

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In 2010-2011 the Raukkan Community Council undertook a project which aimed to: increase community use and intergenerational transmission of the Ngarrindjeri language: Ngarrindjeri Thunggari…

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In 2011-2012 the Ngarrindjeri Language CD project is being funded to produce a Song CD in the Ngarrindjeri language.

Language Contact

The Ngarrindjeri language coordinator for the Lower Murray region is Verna Koolmatrie. She can be contacted through the Raukkan Community Council or Raukkan Aboriginal School. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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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.