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Land Disputes
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Ongoing claims by family groups to particular pieces of land-sea property has always generated conflict.

Across generations, it becomes a question of "my clan land versus another's".

Even today, "defending the territory" is part of Meriam life and fist fights over disputed land and boundaries are not unknown.

While overt violence has become muted, Murray Islanders do fear the power of hostile magic, sometimes invoked to settle land and other disputes.
Big Noting Himself
exile, land ownership, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Murray Island
Murray Island Court
inheritance, Land Bilong Islanders, land boundaries, land disputes, Malo's laws, Murray Island Council, Murray Island Native Court, property, Queensland Government
...creating balance and symmetry...
fish traps, Meriam culture, No Ordinary Judgement
...Before there was Europeans...
Kobere, Henry, land disputes, land ownership, Malo's laws
...there goes my dust...
Day, Ron, fish traps, fish traps, land ownership, sea rights, trespass
Napoleon B. Tibi
Keon-Cohen, Bryan, Land Bilong Islanders, land boundaries, land disputes, land ownership, McIntyre, Greg, Mer, Murray Island Council, Sebeg
...records of those fights about land...
clans, Day, Ron, land disputes, land ownership, Malo's laws, Mer, missionaries, Murray Island Native Court, tribes
Land Boundaries
boundary markers, clans, inheritance, land ownership, land use, oral tradition
Meriam Land Disputes
Dauar, Depoma, Marwer, land boundaries, land ownership, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo's laws, Malo's laws, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island Native Court, sea rights, trespass, Waier
Indigenous People & Their Land
custom, indigenous people, land ownership, land rights, land use, sacred
Adapted To Their Continent
Australia, First Fleet, indigenous people, land use
Warrior Tradition
aboriginal property ownership, Australia, colonisation, war