Traditionally, the Meriam people spoke a Papuan language, known as Meriam Mir.
While there are speakers of the language today, and some effort made to revive it, Torres Strait Creole or "Broken", is more common and is widely spoken throughout the region.
Linguistic and other evidence indicates that the ancestors of the present-day Murray Islanders came from Papua New Guinea.
In Meriam tradition, the islands' first settlers, Pop and Kod, travelled from the Fly River area of Papua New Guinea to the northwest side of Mer.
Meriam Mir Words, Torres Strait Creole words
language, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam Mer
Adapted To Their Continent
Australia, First Fleet, indigenous people, land use
The Murray Islanders' Evidence
evidence, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Murray Island, plaintiffs, witnesses
Education & Early Work
education, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Murray Island, pearling industry
Murray Island School
annexation, education, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Miles, Robert 'Bob', Queensland, school
Murray Islands Archaeological Project
Image and Text
archaeology, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island
Southern End of Ormi
archaeology, Meriam history