anthropological research, resources and documentation on the Aborigines of Australia
Tribal and language database

You must read the conditions of use before accessing the database
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, bibliographic 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 appropriate Aboriginal bodies and institutions for your area for further information.

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

New South Wales
Northern Territory
South Australia
Western Australia

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 languages South-West indian ocean Western Desert Western Desert Lake Eyre Kimberley Fitzmaurice Wagait Gulf North-east Arnhem Land Gulf Lake Eyre South Australian Gulf Riverina Lake Eyre Tasmania South-east Coast Riverina Riverina North-east Coast Rainforest West East Cape York

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