One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Aboriginal hut or shelter.
- ‘At their campsites, Aborigines constructed simple huts, called mia-mias, using stone hatchets to remove sheets of bark from trees.’
- ‘These were removed from the roofs of living shelters erected for protection from wet season rains done either on sheets of gum-tree bark that form the walls of their mia-mias, or on the roofs and walls of their rock-shelters, and represent animals and mythological gnomes and spirits, of whom they stand in dread.’
- ‘The author challenges some previously strongly held opinions about the Aborigines: that their only shelters were frail mia-mias, that they had no attachment to a particular area of land, and that they were simple hunters and gatherers.’
- ‘They had grown so careless that they did not think of pitching their mia-mias where no one could see them from a distance.’
- ‘The following day, Wills was so weak, he could scarcely crawl out of the mia-mia on the south bank of the Cooper.’
From Wathawurung (an extinct Aboriginal language) or Nyungar.
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