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Mabo Day

 
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Mabo Day marks the anniversary of the High Court’s decision regarding the Eddie Koiki Mabo case. He believed that the Indigenous people of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands were entitled to ownership of their land that they cared for. Mabo fought hard to demonstrate that his people had a traditional land ownership system on his island Mer.​

We celebrated Mabo Day by creating a remake of a Torres Strait Islander headdress. The Meriam Mir word for headdress is Dhari, the Dhari is a traditional dance and headdress for ceremony. It is the central symbol on the Torres Strait Islander flag and symbolises unity of all Torres Strait Islanders. The headdress is traditionally made using the Frigate bird and Torres Strait pigeon feathers. Our Jarjums used feathers, wool, raffia, paper and sequence to make their headdress.


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Last reviewed 08 June 2020
Last updated 08 June 2020