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Ever considered the local indigenous history that abounds on the Gold Coast? School your kids this weekend!

While the first week of school for 2018 might be done and dusted and everyone will be keen to put their feet up, on Saturday morning parents are invited to share an eye-opening free local history lesson with their kids at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

From 7–9am, a Nyalangi Ceremony (this means “we will see you again”) will farewell award-winning Gold Coast author Benjamin Allmon and Bundjalung canoe maker Kyle Slabb (as well as Kyle’s sons) as they embark on a three-day, 70km journey from the Gold Coast’s Nerang River to North Stradbroke Island. This is an ancient First Nations maritime trade route that connected Indigenous Australians for thousands of years.

The journey aims to bring a unique story of collaboration and connection to the big screen. ‘The Saltwater Story’ will present the storytellers’ unprecedented passage into a piece of First Nations’ culture that is rarely offered. The crew will be accompanied on the first part of the journey by local seafaring personalities.

Together they will all share their maritime traditions at the Nyalangi Ceremony. Benjamin, who is also a producer, says while he’s lived on the Gold Coast for 30 years, he never suspected there would be such a story to tell right beneath his feet.

“It is in the land and the water we have built this city on,” Benjamin says. “I am incredibly fortunate and grateful that my journey is with Kyle and his sons. The hardest thing with stories is findings your way into them and I don’t yet know where I’m going or what will happen on the journey.”

When reflecting on the project, Benjamin acknowledges that The Saltwater Story isn’t his story – it’s already there and has been shared by Indigenous Australians for a very long time. To share this story further, Benjamin says he has to paddle the canoe and listen.

The Saltwater Story is a true collaboration utilising First Nations locations, government assistance and collaborators from across Australia to engage both the non-First Nation and First Nation communities to ensure this knowledge is transmitted to the next generation.

Once the journey is completed and the film produced, The Saltwater Story will be unveiled on the big screen at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in May this year.

Visit www.theartscentregc.com.au

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