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Listening To The Sea
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The Meriam know the sea as a living being with character, moods, will-power, feelings and a voice.

By listening and observing, they learn the sounds and signs that say, "Sail out now", or, "Don't go today; it looks like trouble out there".

Most importantly, they take their cue from the distant murmur of the sea on the Great Barrier Reef, six kilometres away.
...we call it Watai...
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Land Bilong Islanders, Las, Watai, wind
The Roar of the Sea
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canoes, childhood, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, sea
Adapted To Their Continent
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Australia, First Fleet, indigenous people, land use
A Meriam Calendar, Ancient & Modern
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fishing, food gathering, gardening, Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island
Sea Rights
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Federal Government, Australia, fishing, Meriam culture, sea rights
Farming The Sea
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fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sea rights
In Meriam Waters
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fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sea rights, seafarers, Torres Strait
Something Deep Within Us
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fishing, Great Barrier Reef, sacred, sea rights, seafarers
The roar of Las
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1898
Las, Meriam history, sea
Las: 1890s
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1890s
Cambridge Anthropological Expedition, Haddon, A.C., Las, Mer