The Yanga people, also spelt Jangaa, Janggal, Janga, and Yangaa, were an Aboriginal Australian people of the state of Queensland. They may be the same as the Yukulta / Ganggalida / Nyangga group.[1] They are not to be confused with the Yangga.


According to Norman Tindale, the Yanga occupied about 9,800 square kilometres (3,800 sq mi) of territory. Their western limits were at Glenora. Starting from the headwaters of the Gilbert River, these lands extended south of Forsayth as far as Gilberton and the Gregory Range. Their eastern boundary lay near Oak Park, Percyville, and the headwaters of the Copperfield River.[2]


Main article: Yanga language

The Yanga people spoke the Yanga language, which is mutually intelligible with Mbara. Yanga may be the same as the same language as Ganggalida/Yukulta.[1]

Social organisation

According to Tindale, the Yanga were divided into kin groups, of which one at least is known:

Alternative names



  1. ^ a b Y131 Yanga at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  2. ^ a b c Tindale 1974, p. 170.


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