Pinjarra Desert?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 14:31
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On today's ninemsn daily quiz the following question was asked?
"Where is the Pinjarra desert?" The only answer was Western Australia.
As I hadn't heard of the Pinjarra desert, I googled and came up with no answer other than the WA township. On searching archived threads this question was posed once before, but again with no clear answer. Does anyone know of this desert?

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 14:34

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 14:34
The original question would have referred to the Pitjanjatjarra desert (I'll stand corrected on the spelling).

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Follow Up By: Member - There Yet - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 14:44

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 14:44
Thanks Gone Bush.

For others who may be wondering, I got this from Wikipedia.
Pitjantjatjara (pronounced ['b???????????]) is the name of both an Aboriginal people of the Central Australian desert, and their language (for which see Pitjantjatjara language). They are closely related to the Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra and their languages are, to a large extent, mutually intelligible (all are varieties of the Western Desert Language).

They refer to themselves as Anangu (people). Pitjantjatjara country is mostly in the north-west of South Australia, extending across the border into the Northern Territory to just south of Lake Amadeus, and west a short distance into Western Australia. The land is an inseparable and important part of their identity, and every part of it is rich with stories and meaning to Anangu.

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Follow Up By: Member - kimberleybloke - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 21:32

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 21:32
Wonder if it is the Pinnacles Desert, north of Perth?
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 16:47

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 16:47
Gone Bush

Funny you speak of languages, I just received a Ngaanyatjarra language book and CD to listen to as we make our way through that area shortly.

Funny thing is I was speaking to someone in DAA WA the other day and I asked the pronunciation of "Ngaanyatjarra" he said depends who you speak to!

I'm looking forward to the challenge...

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Reply By: Ron N - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 18:31

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 18:31
Pinjarra can be a bit of a desert at midnight on Sunday nights. [;-)
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 18:50

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 18:50
Maybe they were refering to the settling ponds for the local bauxite refinery.
Now that's a desert. Although they recon it's ok to spread on your farm (;-D

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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:36

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:36
A desert at midnight on Sunday nights - lol
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Reply By: equinox - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 19:43

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 19:43
Bit of googling I finally found it


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Follow Up By: Member - There Yet - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:40

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:40
Now that's a desert I could cruise around.
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Reply By: Ron N - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:43

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:43
The pronunciation of Pitjantjatjara normally comes out something like "pidge-an-jarra", with the "dge" pronounced closer to "ich".
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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 23:19

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 23:19
You missed the Tja (jar) in the middle.

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 23:55

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 23:55
So I did, too. There goes my indigenous lesson out the window for today! [;-)
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 16:16

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 16:16
The late Don Dunstan (was a premier of SA ....and Aboriginal Affairs minister too I think) put the Pitjantjatjara peoples' and land on the social map when he insisted on pronouncing the word fully / correctly, at every opportunity.
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Reply By: Ron N - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 22:59

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 22:59
The quiz question is pretty poor and wouldn't stand serious scrutiny - because there is no Pitjantjatjara Desert, named as such.

The Pitjantjatjara peoples occupy the area commonly known as the Western Desert - but even that is only a general name used to refer to the barely-habitable parts of the four deserts that are largely within W.A. - but which also occupy quite an area of S.A and the N.T.

These named deserts , of course, are the Great Sandy and Little Sandy Deserts, the Great Victoria Desert and the Gibson Desert.
A proper test would involve people marking these four deserts on a map, and I'll wager 98% of the population couldn't!
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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 23:21

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 23:21
Here a good representation of the IBRA regions:




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Follow Up By: Ron N - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 23:53

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 23:53
What a top-class, crystal-clear map! Thanks Equinox.
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