Torres Strait Islanders have a distinct culture which varies slightly within each island or community.
We are a sea-faring people, and engaged in trade with people of Papua New Guinea. The culture is complex, with some Australian elements, Papuan elements and Austronesian elements (also seen in the languages spoken).
Like Aboriginal people of mainland Australia, Torres Strait Islanders are traditionally agriculturalists and food is supplemented through hunting and gathering. Cooking and hunting is distinct to the Torres Strait culture and is taught from a young age.
More recent post-colonial history has seen new cultural influences, most notably Christianity.
Our people of the Torres Strait have a long history of developing stories, crafts and games, including:
Our people also have private cultural practices involving adoption and gift-giving within Torres Strait families.
Read TSRA's Torres Strait Cultural Protocols to find out more.
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There are two distinct languages spoken throughout the Torres Strait: