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Ancient & Modern Ways
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A map of the Meriam maritime boundaries charts a reef area some thirty times greater than their island land mass.

And, within a year of the High Court recognising their native title to land, the Meriam drew up a chart of their traditional maritime property.

They also laid claim to open water; exercising their inherited rights to the sea by giving non-islander commercial fishermen the "O'Leary treatment".

In chasing them away they were saying, "No! Don't come into our waters, without asking".
...only a handful of black teachers...
Audio and Image
1973
James Cook University, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville
...the only thing we had was the land...
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childhood, land ownership, Las, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo, Maiga, Mabo's Garden
...traditional sailing canoe...
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canoes, culture, custom, Las, Mer
White beliefs were not the only ones
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gardening, land disputes, land use, Las, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo's Garden, Mer
...Growing up on Murray...
Image and Text
1936-52
childhood, education, language, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Meriam Mer, Miles, Robert 'Bob'
...my father told me...
Text
1986-89
Brisbane, evidence, gardening, hearsay, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.1, plaintiffs
...Eddie Mabo's tombstone opening...
Image and Text
Jun, 3, 1995
ceremony, desecration, Mabo, Bonita, Tickner, Robert, tombstone ceremony, Townsville
Las - 1890s**
Image
1888
Cambridge Anthropological Expedition, Haddon, A.C., Las, Las, London Missionary Society
Malo Dance from Mabo film
Video
1995
ancestors, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo dance, Malo's laws, reburial, sacred
Grass Houses
Image
1898
housing, Meriam culture, Meriam history
Yam Gardeners
Image
 
gardening
...This yam is like a bank...
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Land Bilong Islanders, land ownership, yams
Elders Demonstrating a range of traditional skills, Native Title Week, Mer
Image
Jun, 4, 1997
Meriam culture, traditional skills
Maritime Boundaries of the Murray Islands
Image
 
map, No Ordinary Judgement, sea, sea claims, sea rights, Sharp, Dr. Nonie, Torres Strait
Turtle Hunting Great Barrier Reef
Video
 
food gathering, Great Barrier Reef, hunting, Land Bilong Islanders, sea claims, sea rights, seafarers, turtles
...dexterous sailors and formidable warriors...
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fishing, High Court of Australia, maber, Mabo Case, Mabo Case, sea, sea rights, seafarers, warriors
Adapted To Their Continent
Topic
 
Australia, First Fleet, indigenous people, land use
Science & Indigenous Australians
Topic
1960s-
anthropology, Eyre, Edward John, land rights
Sea Claims
Topic
 
Federal Government, Australia, fish traps, fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sacred, sea rights
A Meriam Calendar, Ancient & Modern
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fishing, food gathering, gardening, Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island
Sea Rights
Topic
 
Federal Government, Australia, fishing, Meriam culture, sea rights
Customs Old & New
Topic
 
Bakir Auski, indigenous Australians, Mer, Meriam culture, tombstone ceremony, Torres Strait Islanders
Meriam Mir
Topic
 
Black Community School, education, language, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Meriam culture, Meriam Mer, Miles, Robert 'Bob'
Myths & Legends
Topic
 
Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island
Las: 1890s
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1890s
Cambridge Anthropological Expedition, Haddon, A.C., Las, Mer