In the mid 1990’s, Elder of the Yugembeh, Yuggera and Quandamooka tribes Eddie Ruska and his son Shannon created a drama and dance program for at-risk Youth. Aboriginal children would come to Eddie & Shannon’s programs to enjoy dance, drama and song – and to feel like they belonged. Eventually, this grew into a world acclaimed travelling dance group. As a reward for all their hard work, Eddie, Shannon and their family fundraised to take the dance troupe to New Zealand on an Indigenous Tour.
It was here the magic happened. Eddie, Shannon and their group of youth came across Tamaki Maori Village – and were entranced. Here was New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people making a name for themselves not only within their country, but internationally. Guests from all over the world came to Tamaki Maori Village to interact with the culture, performances and storytelling of the Maori people. The seed was sewn – why not take this similar concept to Australia, but with the Aboriginal culture? And when storytelling and cultural tourism mastermind Mike Tamaki came on board, this is exactly what took place.
The Spirits of the Red Sand experience is the meeting of two cultures, Maori and Aboriginal, both with incredible similarities and a deep mutual respect for one another. While Spirits of the Red Sand differs from Tamaki Maori Village in many ways, the essence is the same – to create respect and admiration for a culture through storytelling, to leave people from all over the world with unforgettable memories and to help local indigenous people thrive through sustainable work and career development.
Our vision is to be Australia’s #1 Aboriginal Dinner show experience through storytelling and delivering our culture in a uniquely world class visitor experience.
We will achieve this by always delivering authentic Indigenous engagement and a platform that allows our community and guests to participate in how we, a 60,000 year-old people, tell, and share our history and our culture.
"Saw the show last night and we absolutely loved every minute of it! Enjoyed the music, the history, and the dancing. Very informative, entertaining and at an ideal historical setting...well done! I'll be back soon!!"July 2019
"When a show leaves you fighting back tears you know its brilliant. We honestly got very emotional watching cast and crew are incredible. I'll go again next time I'm in the area."Kevin, July 2019
"We really enjoyed the evening; characterisation was excellent, language clarity and volume was good, storyline was relatable and dramatic. The dinner following was a perfect finish to the night. A great night out." Trip3446 via TripAdvisor, February 2019
"An amazing step back in time. The show was very informative, with a gentle approach showcasing Australian true history. Highly recommended!" Melanie K via TripAdvisor, February 2019