Panyjima people

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The Panyjima are an indigenous people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.


According to Norman Tindale, the Panyjima held sway over 6,600 square miles (17,000 km2) of tribal territory. They dwelt on the upper plateau of the Hamersley Range and as far south as the Fortescue River. Their eastern frontier lay at Weeli Wolli Creek, near Marillana. Their southern limits lay around Rocklea and on the upper branches of Turee Creek, as ran east as far as the Kunderong Range.[1]

History of contact[edit]

Before the period of contact with European, the highlander Kurrama pressured them out to shift east as far as Yandicoogina and the Ophthalmia Range, a movement which in turn drove the Mandara and Niabali eastwards.[1]

Alternative names[edit]

  • Mandanjongo ('top people', Nyamal exonym for plateau people such as the Panyjima and the Yindjibarndi).
  • Bandjima.(western tribal pronunciation)
  • Panjima, Pand'ima.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Tindale 1974, p. 255.


  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
  • "Tindale Tribal Boundaries" (PDF). Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia. September 2016.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Pandjima (WA)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.