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Kooma Language Group

Alternative Spellings

Guwamu, Guamu, Oamu, Kuam, Kuamu. Forebearers were Koamu


They existed on the Balonne River starting south of St.George, as far as Angledool, Hebei, and Brenda. Their western terrain extended to Bollon and Nebine Creek. Dirranbandi also was part of their territory.


Koamu language is often classified as a dialect of Bidjara.



Further Information

The Kooma People’s determination spans an area approximately 2,950 square kilometers in the south-west region of Queensland, and falls within the Maranoa, Balonne, Murweh and Paroo local government regions this was recognised in 2014.

Dreaming stories

The Rainbow Serpent

The Story

This story tells of how the rainbow serpent slithered along the Warrego River and dug out water holes which were populated with yellow-belly catfish and cod.

Other Images


Anonymous. D33: Kooma / Guwamu. Retrieved from https://collection.aiatsis.gov.au/austlang/language/d33
Koamu. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koamu
Kooma. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kooma
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