Why two indigenous flags?

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  1. Pommy

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    So it’s coming up to indigenous round and something I have always wondered is why is there two flags? One for mainland (I think) people and one from the Torres Strait.
    What’s the reasoning, is there an ethnic difference or big cultural ones?
    With Australia being such a huge place I would imagine someone from Townsville would be closer in both of these respects to someone from the strait rather than say someone from Fremantle, yet the flags would suggest otherwise.
     
  2. SpaceMonkey

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    Because Torrest Strait Islanders as a people and culture are considered distinct from Australian Aboriginal people- their culture shares as much with Papuans or Melanesians as it does with Aborigines. TSI are a seafaring culture, whereas aboriginal peoples aren’t, aside from a little bit of island hopping up around the NT.
     
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  3. Leigh Howlett

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    Here's my 2 cents worth, are Mal Meninga and Wendell Sailor ATSIC!
     
  4. Mr Angry

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    Such a European concept, flags, not part of their culture at all.

    But hey I have no objection. They have the QLD flag too.
     
  5. Pommy

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    Mal Meninga isn’t indigenous though is he? He’s a south sea islander isn’t he?
     
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    Correct. Mal is not indigenous. His ancestors would likely have been from Vanuatu or the Solomons.
     

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