So Spirits of the Red Sand is located on Yugambeh country and Uncle Eddie has traditional ties to Yuggera, (Ipswich and Brisbane area); Kubbi Kubbi (North Coast/Sunshine Coast area); Nughi (Moreton Island); Nunukul (North Stradbroke Islands); Gorenpul (Stradbroke and Mainland); Kombumerri (Gold Coast). 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.
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.
"I Loved it! Spirits of the red sands is very well done from every aspect. The moving theater show was fantastic. The staging was great. The aboriginal cast were amazing (and authentic) as were the support cast... The food - out of this world (even for a vegetarian) . "Trip Advisor, Gold Coast, March 2020
"What a journey! My heart was genuinely touched, was entertaining, educational, emotive, interesting, beautiful, and I got lost in the experience. Highly recommend, will be returning to take more friends and family."Trip Advisor, Brisbane, March 2020
"I was told this one of the best outings and it is absolutely true. An eye opening show by 7 indigenous performers some of whom are direct descendants of the subject community. So interesting, so enlightening such fun and it should be compulsory. A new twist to a dinner show with a very good Aussie meal to finish off the night."TripAdvisor, Queensland, February 2020
"Congratulations to those involved in the great experience that corrects some of the misconceptions taught in school history! We enjoyed everything about this emotional presentations and the dinner alone was worth turning up for."TripAdvisor, Cairns, February 2020