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Title: Wita-Wattingga (Wita-wartingga)
Other Titles: Place name Summary (PNS) 5.04.01/08
Author: Schultz, Chester
Publisher: Chester Schultz
Issue Date: 3-Apr-2016
Abstract: Wita-wattingga (or Wita-wartingga in KWP’s New Spelling 2010) is probably the original Kaurna form of a hybrid Ngarrindjeri-Kaurna name “Witawatang” which the Ngarrindjeri elder Albert Karlowan gave to ethnologists Tindale and Berndt in the 1930s. According to him, this was the name of Rapid Head or its vicinity. It was also a place where Tjirbuki carried the dead body of his nephew as he emerged from a forest: an incident which is not mentioned in the published literature about Tjirbuki. The Kaurna form Wita-wattingga means ‘in the midst of Peppermint gumtrees’.
Keywords: Kaurna language
Ngarrindjeri language
Rapid Head
Peppermint gum trees
Rapid Bay region
Aboriginal place-names
South Australia geography
Kaurna Warra Pintyandi
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