THE ROC SERIES | CELEBRATE LOCAL CULTURE THROUGH DANCE
The daily Aboriginal dance show is one of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's most well-attended shows, and for good reason.
With an aim to present authentic culture to visitors of this Advanced Ecotourism and ROC Certified attraction (which has just this year joined the ranks of Ecotourism Australia’s Green Travel Leaders!), this dance show focuses on telling traditional stories specifically related to the region and its local Yugambeh language group. As Currumbin’s Tammy Hogan says:
“National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has a proud history of presenting Indigenous culture through a daily dance show and education programs. [The dance show] is one of our most popular presentations.”
Whilst dances are performed by members of the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, with whom Currumbin has an ongoing relationship, the sanctuary also works closely with Kalwun Corporation and local Yugambeh man, Luther Cora.
“Luther regularly consults on all of our Indigenous matters,” explains Tammy.
Direct consultation with the Yugambeh people, Kalwun and Jellurgal is ongoing at Currumbin, and ensures the sanctuary can provide authentic experiences that are respectful of Indigenous culture.
Tammy stresses the importance of this consultation and communication with Traditional Owners and local language groups to other tourism operators and attractions:
“By bringing culture into people’s awareness, we create a platform for better understanding and respect. This also advances the reconciliation process.”
Reconciliation is a clear agenda item for the sanctuary, with Currumbin recently developing a Reconciliation Action Plan, to be introduced officially next year.
The sanctuary has also developed an Indigenous education program for domestic and international students, and employs Indigenous staff in many parts of its business, including animal presentations, food and beverage, horticulture and events.
Currumbin’s most important ROC message?
“Through our differences, we can appreciate and respect each other’s cultures.”
For more information about Ecotourism Australia’s ROC Certification program, visit the program website.
[Photos from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary]