Yurah’ – Hello in Yugambeh

The Yugambeh are the traditional owners of the land stretching from Logan through to the Northern Rivers of New South Wales.

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The land owns us rather than us owning the land and it is this belief that is imbedded in the culture and traditions of our First Nations People, the oldest surviving culture.

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At the time of colonisation, Australia was home to more than 250 languages and 600 dialects but since then, so much has changed, but The Spirit of the Red Sand experience is bringing our First Nations culture back to life.

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The Spirit of the Red Sand tells this story and is an experience we as Australians all must take part in to truly understand where we have been and where we are going as a multicultural nation.

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One of the experience’s co-founders and its CEO Mike Tamaki is synonymous with tourism. He loves seeing an experience that pays respect to culture while also aiming to teach a lesson and give audiences something to take home for reflection.

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His Tamaki Māori Village in Rotorua has mirrored themes with the Spirit of the Red Sand in creating respect and admiration for a culture through storytelling, to leave visitors from all over the world with unforgettable memories and to help local indigenous people thrive through sustainable work and career development.

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In an Aboriginal experience that embodies a dream more than twenty years in the making witness the story of three brothers – the eldest Muggera, the second eldest Marlu a renowned tracker and Jarrah – the youngest of the three who saw himself as protector of his people at a time of great confusion and forced assimilation.

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With the coming of the new people and a change in their culture and traditions, the brothers are forced to make some tough decisions for their families and their culture.

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Sixty thousand years of Aboriginal culture immerses you throughout the experience from the moment you enter the Arrival Theatre at Beenleigh Historical Village and Museum.

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Be a part of traditions such as smoke ceremonies and corroborees that truly transport you to a time that was the turning point for Australia told by the people who lived through it.

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It is a multi-award winning experience including having been voted No.1 Must Do Queensland Attraction, and it is easy to understand why – it will invoke emotions and make any member of the audience think over its themes and history of our nation.

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A world-first Aboriginal live ‘roving theatre’ and dinner experience it takes you on a journey through the village broken into five stages of history and the lives of the three brothers as their individual opinions on the arrival of convicts and what followed shaping their relationship with each other and their land.

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Extremely powerful and heavy hitting from the first moment the re-enactment drags you from being able to relate to the brothers’ relationships, contempt and disgust at stages of Australia’s dark past and hope for the future in the place we are proud to call home.

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You will see what the brothers have seen, hear what they have heard and most importantly you will leave having felt what they have felt.

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More than a history lesson bounds to life through song, dance and traditional Aboriginal ceremonies that pull you in to make you a true part of the experience and opening your eyes to our history through a true cultural awakening.

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The cast although small, is truly talented with a large number of them have strong bloodlines that run from the First Nations peoples on which the story is set.

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The night ends in the best way possible – a meal shared that is infused with bush flavours to enhance all of your senses and truly transport you to this important time in the history of our nation – one which we all should learn and be aware of.

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The night includes pre-show entertainment, live theatre experience, a hearty three course dinner and dessert and a chance to meet and mingle with the cast.

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Currently running Saturday nights only at this stage due to COVID it is an opportunity not to be missed.

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Bookings can be made at www.spiritredsand.com.

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In conjunction with The Spirit of the Red Sand Logan Local is giving away five double passes to this must-see experience – all you need to do is like our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Logan-Local-106194945118491 and winners will be announced in our December edition.

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