The Gumbaynggirr are an Aboriginal people of Australia. Their country covers much of the Northeastern region of New South Wales, and is one of the biggest in that state. Their language is spoken by the hairypeople and some Aboriginal characters in Cleverman, and the Cleverman and hairypeople of the show are based in part on their stories.


The following are Gumbaynggirr words used prominently in Cleverman; you can find many more at the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language & Culture Cooperative. They also have resources for the Bundjalung, whose stories were also used as inspiration for Cleverman.

  • bujangga - a short fighting club, known in other country's languages as a nulla nulla or waddy
  • Ngaluunggirr - Cleverman
  • Yuludarla - the Dreaming

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