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

People and Culture

The Mirning language is Ngandatha, based on the phrase 'What is it?'. They are relatively short in stature and practice rites of circumcision and subincision.[1]

The Mirning people were one of the founding members of the "People of the Whale", a project to research the relationship between whales and indigenous people.[2] Part of the project was the making of a documentary film, "Eyes of the Soul", which was conceived by Kim Kindersley and Julian Lennon in 1994; but, by 1998, the funding had run out and the film project was abandoned.[3] However a new documentary called "Whaledreamers - The Gathering", about the tribes of indigenous people was made in 2006.[4]

See also

Other indigenous ethnic groups in South Australia:


  1. ^ a b Tindale Tribes
  2. ^ Whale Dreamings see Mission Statement - People of the Whale
  3. ^ Eyes of the Soul
  4. ^ Whaledreamers Official Website

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