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Issue #023, April 24, 2014—T is for Tjapukai
April 24, 2014
Dear VIP (Very Important Adventuress)

T is for Tjapukai

Tjapukai is a historic, cultural and theater experience for visitors to Cairns, Australia.

About 15 minutes north of Cairns, Australia are 25 acres that make up the Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park.

Here you’ll find authentic music, dance and storytelling from the world’s oldest living culture, the Tjapukai people of the eastern coast of Australia.

The Creation Theater is a hand-crafted, outdoor stage where Aboriginal performers act out the spiritual and traditional stories of their people. They tell the ancient legends of the Dreamtime, when the world was formed.

While the performance is told in the Tjapukai language, the audience can choose from 7 languages to hear the story via personal headsets.

In the Guinness Book of Records, the theater presentation is Australia’s longest running stage show.

After the performance we crossed a bridge to a representation of an Aboriginal camp. There we could see how they cooked, sample bush foods, and try to learn to throw a spear or play a didgeridoo. These interactive activities, aided by patient young Tjapukai teachers in traditional paint and dress, helped us to better understand this 40,000 year-old culture.

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