[RNLD] Karama - thanks

Michael Walsh michael.walsh at sydney.edu.au
Wed Nov 21 17:00:45 EST 2018

Dear All

I had always assumed Karama was from the Top End and Lockwood's account more or less clinches that idea.

I agree with Felicity about Garama and variants being a Jaminjung term for their northern neighbour. They also calqued e.g. Murrinhkura rendered as Liny Gugu i.e. language (fresh) water. Cannot recall the Jam calque for Murrinhpatha just now.

I am inclined to reject WA contenders.

Best wishes


Michael Walsh
Department of Linguistics
University of Sydney
NSW 2006

From: David Nash <david.nash at anu.edu.au>
Sent: Wednesday, 21 November 2018 4:26 PM
To: r-n-l-d at lists.unimelb.edu.au
Subject: Re: [RNLD] Karama - thanks

Thanks for the summary Margaret.
A small addition (and supporting the NT source): Lockwood used the 'Karama' spelling in his article in Walkabout 37.4 (April 1972), 38 http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-751362008
Vol. 37 No. 4 (1 April 1972) <http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-751362008>

I would visit all these tribes if I decided to go: the Mudbra at Victoria River Downs, the Gurindji at Wave Hill, the Karama, the Djamindjun, the Gulawarang, the Wailbri, the Ngaringman, the Wandjira, the Muriwang, the Garanguru, and the Warramunga: dozens of Aboriginal nations,
By the way, and following Piers Kelly, https://collection.aiatsis.gov.au/austlang/ is good for info on language and group names and their variants.

On 21/11/18 11:25, Margaret Carew wrote:
Thanks to all who responded to my question about the suburb name Karama. I have collated some responses.
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