Pitjantjatjara is located in the very far north west corner of the state in the Musgrave Ranges, including the communities of Ernabella, Amata, Fregon and Pipalyatjara.

It lies west of the closely related languages / dialects Yankunytjatjara and Antikirinya.
It is one of the Western desert languages.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands are in the far northwest of South Australia, including the communities of: Ernabella (Pukatja), Indulkana, Mimili, Fregon, Amata, Kenmore Park (Yunyarinya), Pipalyatjara, Kalka and their various homelands. However, the language is spoken well beyond the traditional boundaries today. The map above is just an indicator of the site of the traditional lands and not a true indicator of the full extent of the language. 

AIATSIS id : C.06


Pitjantjatjara (standard spelling used tody and by MURA), Pitjantjara (simplified form adopted by Ernabella Mission in 1941), Pitjantjatjarra, Pitjatjantjara, Peechintarra (daily press rendering in 1958), Pidjandja, Pidjandjara, Pid-jandjara, Pidzandza, Pidzan'dza, Pijandarra, Pituari (a rarely used form), Pintularapi, Pitchentara, Pitdjandjara, Pitindjatjara, Pitjandara, Pitjandjadjara, Pitjandjara, Pitjandjatjarra, Pitjanjara, Pitjanjarra, Pitjanzazara (z = arbitrary substitution in Oceania for dj symbol), Pitjendadjara, Pitjentara, Pitjindjatjara, Pitjinjara, Pitjinjiara, Pitjintjitjira, Pitjintara,Bidjandja, Bidjandjadjara (also used by MURA), Bidjandjara, Bidjuwongga, Bindjandjadjara, Gunggawara, Ituarre (probably a faulty hearing of Pituari), Jabu, Kalgonei, Kalguni, Mangawara, Mulatara (Tomkinson and Blyth Ranges group), Partutu (name applied by the Pintubi group), Tjitiadjara (name applied by Ngadadjara), Tjurti, Wankawinan, Wanudjara (name applied to Jangkundjara also, by Ngadadjara group), Wenamba, Widanda, Wirtjapakandja (an eastern group), Wongapitcha, Wonga-pitja (Pitja speakers), Wongapitjira.

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Ara Irititja 2005-2009

This project was undertaken by Anangu Pitjantjatjara Services Aboriginal Corporation and was funded by DEWHA’s Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records (MILR) program and Cultural…

Pitjantjatjara in the Whole Community, 2008-2009

This project was undertaken by Yalata Community Inc: (Projects funded by DEWHA’s Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records (MILR) program and Cultural Strategic Initiatives…

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Anangu Education Services
Ernabella, SA

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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.