Spirits of the Red Sand offers new interactive Indigenous experience

A new roving Aboriginal interactive cultural experience has been launched in Queensland.

Situated between Brisbane city and the Gold Coast, Spirits of the Red Sand is the culmination of a 20-year journey by Elder of the Yugembeh, Yuggera and Quandamooka tribes Eddie Ruska who created a drama and dance program for at-risk youth.

On a tour in New Zealand, Ruska came across Tamaki Maori Village where founder Mike Tamaki had shared his culture with fellow New Zealanders and international groups.

The pair are now working to replicate the success of Tamaki Maori Village, which is ranked seventh best attraction in the world by Trip Advsior, with the additional layer of a historical re-enactment.

“I’m personally thrilled to be collaborating with talented performers and storytellers to celebrate Aborigional culture,” said Tamaki. “Guests are engaged in the performance gaining a glimpse of traditional customs and 21st-century Australia. Over drinks and dinner, groups engage one-on-one with performers and hear their personal stories first-hand.”

During the interactive production, guests move from set to set as they journey back in time to 1880’s Queensland and experience the trials and challenges as the British and Aboriginal ways of life collide. Told by Jarrah, the only surviving member of three Aboriginal brothers, the show is set within a real 19th-Century Australian town complete with Church, Pub and Indigenous village.

“Event planners are now seeking out more authentic experiences that give them a deeper connection to the history of a place,” said Tamaki. “Spirits of the Red Sand does this by giving them a slice of Australian history that includes Aboriginal culture.”