Listening To The Sea
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...
Land Bilong Islanders, Las, Watai, wind
The Roar of the Sea
Image and Text
canoes, childhood, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, sea
Adapted To Their Continent
Australia, First Fleet, indigenous people, land use
A Meriam Calendar, Ancient & Modern
fishing, food gathering, gardening, Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island
Federal Government, Australia, fishing, Meriam culture, sea rights
Farming The Sea
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sea rights
In Meriam Waters
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sea rights, seafarers, Torres Strait
Something Deep Within Us
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, sacred, sea rights, seafarers
The roar of Las
Audio and Image
Las, Meriam history, sea
Cambridge Anthropological Expedition, Haddon, A.C., Las, Mer