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Yonga Ngank Yonga Koorlingah - Western grey and joey

Nartj waarnkiny - how to say it[edit]

(Yonga: Audio)[1]

Nartj Wah[edit]

A Yonga or Yongka[2] is an Australian animal, in English it is called a kangaroo, specifically a Yonga is a Western Grey Kangaroo.[3] It is a marsupial grazing animal wer its scientific name is Macropus fuliginosus. Its conservation status il the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is 'Least Concern'.[4]

Its range is just south of Shark Bay to coastal South Australia, western Victoria, wer the entire Murray–Darling basin.

There is a plant in Australia called a Kurulbrang (Kangaroo Paw). It got its name from looking like a Kangaroo paw. The Noongar name 'Yonga Marr' is from the English, the original Noongar name for nidja plant is 'Kurulbrang'.

A Kangaroo can be a totem for Noongar wer Aboriginal people.[5]

Origin of name[edit]

The English name kangaroo is probably from the Guugu Yimidhirr (Endeavour River-area Aboriginal language) 'gaNurru' for a 'large black kangaroo'.[6] Nidja explanation was made as far back as 1898 by the pioneer ethnologist W.E. Roth who wrote 'gang-oo-roo' in Guugu Yimidhirr meant 'kangaroo'.


A yonga skin cloak was known as a booka (clothes), or alternatively a wogga (blanket) or coorda (carry-bag) could be made. Balga resin is used as a tanning agent when dissolved in water. Used il the the hides of yonga wer koomal (possum) it scrapes off sinew wer softens the hide.

Yonga Waarnk - Stories about the Kangaroo[edit]

  • Nidja story was written by Velma Humphries. It is about how the Yonga got his coat or bwoka. The yonga stole a coat from the bobtail.[7]

title "Traditional Kangaroo Dance". Nidja is a YouTube video of the traditional kangaroo dance being performed by the Doorun Dancers, a family troupe, at Boodjin (Boyagin Rock).[8]

See also[edit]

See the section 'types of Kangaroo, Wallaby and smaller relatives' in the bibol Yongka mokiny: Mammals.

Ngiyan waarnk[edit]

  1. "Nyungar Wardan Katitjin Bidi - Derbal Nara". Pub People's Ocean Knowledge Trail of Cockburn Sound & Districts. Wangkiny / Language Glossary. Retrieved 1 August 2016
  2. Sign in Perth Zoo. Seen 14 February 2017
  3. "Ballardong noongar Budjar" "Healthy Country – Healthy People". Avon Catchment Council. Retrieved 25 May 2016
  4. "Western Grey Kangaroo". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 10 February 2019
  5. http://www.noongarculture.org.au/spirituality/
  6. Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 25 May 2016
  7. Humphries, V. (2006). "Windja Yongka Kwobidak Bwoka Baranginy". Batchelor Press
  8. Doorun Dancers. "Traditional Kangaroo Dance". Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management (NRM). 2011. YouTube. Retrieved 19 November 2016