The Wiknatanja (Wik Ngathanya) were an indigenous Australian people, one of the Wik tribes of the Cape York Peninsula of northern Queensland.


Wiknatanja was one of the Wik languages.


Norman Tindale estimate Wiknatanja lands to encompass some 300 square miles (780 km2) on the coast around mouths of the Kendall River.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 189.


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