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Tribal and language database

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AusAnthrop is an on-line database on Australian Aboriginal tribes, nations, languages, and dialectal groups. It is a reference database that should help to find a tribe or language from the many alternative names and spellings used in the literature. The database contains alternative names, some places of location, bibliogrpahic references, a links to archival files at the South Australian Museum, linguistic classifications such as those by the SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics) and the AIATSIS (Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies), as well as the name given in EAA (Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia). User can leave comments for each tribe or language, and more anthropological information will be added soon.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this database is not as such appropriate for land claims or native title or any other political and economic use. You should contact the Native Title Representative Body for your area for further information. It is solely to be understood as a tool easing research.

Method 1: search an expression
Enter the name of a language, tribe or place, or part thereof, and hit the Search button.

Ngaa or tjatja will both find Ngaatjatjarra.
Syd or ney will both find Sydney.

Method 2: list by States
You don't know exactly what you're looking for, click a State on the right hand side and choose from the list
Method 3: linguistic zones
The map on the right hand side represents AIATSIS language zones. Click a zone to view a list of languages and tribes. Map of Australian Aboriginal languagesSouth-West indian oceanWestern DesertWestern Desert Lake EyreKimberleyFitzmaurice Wagait Gulf North-east Arnhem LandGulf Lake EyreSouth Australian Gulf Riverina Lake EyreTasmaniaSouth-east Coast RiverinaRiverinaNorth-east CoastRainforest West East Cape York

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