The panel explores the distinctive qualities of coastal and sea-based peoples' cultures. Highlighting Indigenous relationships with the sea, it reflects on how people 'ride the waves' of ocean life, shaping their politics, languages, senses and social memories to reflect maritime connections.
This panel will examine and reflect upon the distinctive qualities of coastal and sea-based peoples' cultures, seeking to highlight the historical depth of human relationships with the sea, present concerns for those who rely upon and enmesh themselves with the sea, and also the future prospects for those cultures which anchor their economic, political and spiritual lives to the sea. By engaging a focus that explores in particular Indigenous people's relationships to the sea, this panel will draw together a series of papers that reveal much about human relationships with dynamic ocean environments and just how the sea has been shaped as a fluid canvas for human action. Themes which may be addressed include, gendered and generational distinctions in the cultural lives of people who enmesh themselves with the sea, memories and sense making that emerge from sea territories, marine heritage and the creative ways in which Indigenous relationships with the sea come to be visually characterized and represented. How saltwater people interact with sea territories and the ocean, in a time of compromised and changing rights is also a central theme of this panel.