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.
Audio and Text
dancing, fishing, Mills Sisters, songs
Belonging To Country
aborigines, Australia, dreamtime, indigenous Australians, land ownership, land rights, sacred
A Sacred Landscape
aboriginal property ownership, anthropology, Australia, clans, dispossession, kinship, land ownership, religion, sacred
The Murray Islanders' Evidence
evidence, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Murray Island, plaintiffs, witnesses
Federal Government, Australia, fish traps, fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sacred, sea rights
Federal Government, Australia, fishing, Meriam culture, sea rights
In Meriam Waters
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sea rights, seafarers, Torres Strait
Myths & Legends
Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island
Performance, Art & The Sacred
Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Mer, Murray Island, religion, sacred
Something Deep Within Us
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, sacred, sea rights, seafarers