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The Mirning people are a group of Indigenous Australians whose traditional lands lie in the coastal region of the Great Australian Bight of south-west South Australia and bordering Western Australia.[1]

Description and culture[edit]

The Mirning are relatively short in stature and practice rites of circumcision and subincision.[1] The Mirning language is called Ngandatha, from the phrase "What is it?".


The Mirning people were one of the founding members of People of the Whale, a project to research the relationship between whales and indigenous people.[2] Part of the project was making a documentary film, Eyes of the Soul, which was conceived by Kim Kindersley and Julian Lennon in 1994. By 1998, funding ran out and the film project was abandoned.[3]

A new documentary called Whaledreamers - the Gathering, about indigenous tribes, was made in 2006.[4]