Ngalea is located in the far west of the state of South Australia, crossing into Western Australia.

It lies west of the Kokatha language, and north of the Mirning language.

AIATSIS id : C.01


Ngalea (used by Tindale), Ngaleea (used by Bates), Ngalia (used by AIATSIS & Berndt), Ngaliawongga, Ngalija, Ngaliya, Ngallea, Ngallia, Nangga (men, i.e., circumcised persons), Nanggaranggu, Nanggarangku (lit. ‘hostile men,’ a term applied by the Pitjantjatjara), Ooldean, Tangara (of eastern tribes; term also used for the Antakirinja), Thala or Thalla, Willoo-rara (means ‘west’), Willoorara, Windakan (name applied to language, also to Wirangu).

NOTE: Care must be taken when searching for sources or information on Ngalea that you do not confuse it with the similar language language name ‘Ngalia’ from the Northern territory, related to Warlpiri. Tindale distinguishes these clearly, but the AIATSIS catalogue in Canberra, for example, does not.


The above map is based upon the Horton Indigenous Map of Australia © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, 1996. The full map is available on the AIATSIS website. The locations of the languages of SA, as stated on the this website are not intended for Land Claim use, and are an approximate guide only. Individual language project locations are based on information from publicly available MILR (ILS) documents.