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Dingo, Canis lupus dingo

ud algar
ut alkar
ku'a ngekanham
in Uw Oykangand
in Uw Olkola
in Pakanh
The following vocabulary applies to dogs in general:
ud
algngay
uta
obmbomb
ku'a
thoonto
in Uw Oykangand
in Uw Ilbmbanhdhiy (Uw Oykangand)
in Uw Olkola
in Uw Ilbmbanhdhiy (Uw Olkola)
in Pakanh
in Wika 'Aya

(Photo: PH)

The dingo, Canis lupus dingo (family Canidae), is common on Cape York Peninsula and is often heard calling at night when camping. They are often seen singly in the wild but many belong to packs.

Dingos (along with dogs and cross-breeds) are abundant in Aboriginal communities. They have been in Australia for thousands of years, and are represented in the rock-art sites around Laura, near Olkola country. Dingo figures prominently in certain stories.

e-mail: Philip Hamilton.
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