Tanami Desert not Arunta
by Jeff Cole
You say "Most of the Tanami Desert is Aboriginal land, belonging to the Arunta people".
The Arrernte (=Arunta) language group does not get into the Tanami Desert. The majority of the Tanami is Warlpiri country with several other language groups occupying the periphery.
The Rufous Hare-wallaby (Mala) no longer exists in the wild in the NT. This species was wiped out by wildfire which probably spread from a roadside camp fire with the remnants being picked off by a fox.
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