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Sea Totems
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The Meriam dance to celebrate their fishing activities; they also "dance" the movements of waves, marine creatures and sea birds.

In fact, most of the Meriam totems have links to the sea.

The subtleties and complexities of the dance movements, the headdresses, pendants, armlets and masks, are designed to draw on the hidden power of the sea and its physical and spiritual inhabitants.
Shark Dance
Image
 
dancing, totems
Taba Naba
Audio and Text
 
dancing, fishing, Mills Sisters, songs
Belonging To Country
Topic
 
aborigines, Australia, dreamtime, indigenous Australians, land ownership, land rights, sacred
A Sacred Landscape
Topic
 
aboriginal property ownership, anthropology, Australia, clans, dispossession, kinship, land ownership, religion, sacred
The Murray Islanders' Evidence
Topic
1986
evidence, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Murray Island, plaintiffs, witnesses
Sea Claims
Topic
 
Federal Government, Australia, fish traps, fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sacred, sea rights
Sea Rights
Topic
 
Federal Government, Australia, fishing, Meriam culture, sea rights
In Meriam Waters
Topic
 
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sea rights, seafarers, Torres Strait
Myths & Legends
Topic
 
Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island
Performance, Art & The Sacred
Topic
 
Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Mer, Murray Island, religion, sacred
Something Deep Within Us
Topic
 
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, sacred, sea rights, seafarers