[<< wikipedia] Pitapita
The Pitapita or Pitta Pitta were an indigenous Australian people of the state of Queensland.


== Language ==
They spoke Pitapita, one of the Karnic languages, which remains the best described dialect of an eastern group that comprised also Rangwa, Kunkalanya, Ngulupulu and Ringa-Ringa. It is otherwise closely related to the; Western group consisting of Wangkajutjuru/Wangka-Yutjurru and Lhanima.


== Country ==
The Pitapita's precise geographical borders are not known, since the earliest detailed account of them, by Walter Roth, included numerous subtribes and hordes in a somewhat confusing presentation. Norman Tindale remarked that the precise tribal distribution was impossible to determine on the basis of Roth's data but that their area was in the present day Shire of Boulia, extending from Fort William in the north, through Boulia and some 50 miles south of the district, suggesting a territorial range of roughly 2,700 square miles (7,000 km2).


== History of contact ==
Opening up the country to white settlement led to the displacement of numerous tribes in the area from their traditional grounds, and "with privation, disease, alcohol and lead", whole communities were annihilated. By the time of his sojourn at Boulia, Roth goes on to estimate that, as with most tribes in the area, the Pitapita were suffering from a rapid demographic collapse, and he stated that no more than 200 probably remained in the whole of the district.


== Social organization and rites ==
The Pitapita practiced both circumcision and subincision as part of their initiatory rites.


== Native title ==
In 2012 a Federal Court awarded the Pitapita native title rights to 30,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi) of land in the Boulia region.


== Alternative names ==
Bitta Bitta
Pittapitta
Wangkahicho
Wangkahichs. (typo)
Wangkapit:aSource: Tindale 1974, p. 184


== Some words ==
amma (mother)
apari. (father)
munga (tame dog)
punamya. (wild dog)
tita. (whiteman)Source: Eglinton 1886, p. 364


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