According to Warray and Wagiman people Hayes Creek and Butterfly/Dougas Gorge are in traditional Wagiman country (Harvey 2003:297). The general associations were to the Daly River drainage between its junction with Jinduckin Creek and its junction with Hayward Creek. There was little precise information on the limits of Wagiman associations in 2007. In the south-east, Ejong Billabong was associated with Dagoman, though this is close to the north-western limit of Dagoman associations. In the north, Hayes Creek was associated with Wagiman. Mt Osborne was not associated with Wagiman. Mt Shoebridge does not appear to have been associated with Wagiman. Plateau Point was associated with Wagiman. It is unclear how far upstream on the Douglas, Wagiman associations extended. In the west, limits have been extrapolated from drainage basin boundaries. Wagiman associations did not extend west of the Hayward Range. Fletcher's Gully Mine was associated with Ngan'gityemerri. In the south, limits have been extrapolated from drainage basin boundaries (Harvey ASEDA 802). About Dorisvale; southwest of Daly River; west of Ooloo; on Bamboo Creek; north to Douglas Homestead (Tindale 1974).
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Speaker numbers were measured differently across the censuses and various other sources listed in AUSTLANG. You are encouraged to refer to the sources.
Speaker numbers for ‘NILS 2004’ and ‘2005 estimate’ come from 'Table F.3: Numbers of speakers of Australian Indigenous languages (various surveys)' in 'Appendix F NILS endangerment and absolute number results' in McConvell, Marmion and McNicol 2005, pages 198-230 (PDF, 2.5MB).
Cook, Anthony. 1987. Wagiman Matyin: a description of the Wagiman language of the Northern Territory, La Trobe University: PhD.
Harvey, Mark. Wagiman Dictionary 2nd ed. ASEDA 0792. Wilson, Stephen. 1999. Wagiman dictionary, ms. Wilson, Stephen et al. The Wagiman on-line dictionary, http://www1.aiatsis.gov.au/exhibitions/e_access/digital /a339234/home.html