The Winduwinda were an indigenous Australian people of Queensland.
The name Winduwinda, like that of the Wik-Munkan, is used to refer to either to a single tribe or an aggregation of approximately 12 tribes.[a]
Languages named after Winduwinda creak are
According to Norman Tindale, the Winduwinda's tribal territory covered some 1,100 square miles (2,800 km2) in the area east of Duyfken Point over to the Archer River. Their inland extension reached to the headwaters of the Embley River.
How one defines the social structure of the Winduwinda depends on whether one takes Winduwinda to refer to one tribe composed of hordes, or whether several of these bands were actually distinct tribes. Tindale mentions only two hordes for the Winduwinda in a strict sense, namely:
He then outlines the twelve hordes or tribes - the distinction is unclear - associated with the Winduwinda:-
- (1) Tanikuit. (Tainikudi, Tani-kutti, Dainiguid, Tanna-gootee).Locality: on the northern side of Albatross Bay.
- (2) Ndruangit. On the northern side of Mission River.
- (3) Ndwangit. (Ndwongit). Northern side of Mission River.
- (4) Ngawangati. (Ngawataingeti, Ungauwangati). Lower Mission River.
- (5) Alingit. (Lengiti, Lenngiti, Alngid, Limretti [?]. Includes Weipa and the area to east of it.
- (6) Mamangit. (Mamangiti, Mamngaid). South side of Albatross Bay.
- (7) Latamngit. (Lätamngit). West bank of the Hay River.
- (8) Nggot. (Gott). The southern side of the Embley River.
- (9) Aretinget. (Aretingit, Aritingiti, Adetingiti). The upper Hay River, and across to Pera Head.
- (10)Ndraangit. (different locality to Ndruangit). Coast near False Pera Head.
- (11) Leningiti. (Laini-ngitti, not the same as "Lengiti" of Weipa, Leningit) The area west of the lower Watson River and also Aurukun.
- (12). Anjingit (Andjingit, Anyingit, Anjingat, Andyingati? Anangit). On the west coast just to the north of the Archer River.
- Wikwija (Wik-Munkan exonym signifying 'bad speech')
Source: Tindale 1974, p. 190