Earthstory has enjoyed a long and culturally enriching relationship with The Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre.
"In my role as Director of the Yugambeh Language Museum, we partnered with Dreamworld on one of Australia’s largest innovative and celebratory indigenous culture projects, 'Dreamworld Corroboree'.
Throughout this project's development, I liaised with design and production company Earthstory and its co-founders, Dan Harvey and Dene Waring, whom I have since come to know well. I have had occasion to engage them several times since then for a variety of design and communication projects ranging from our Mobo Festival promotional material through to our 'Bunyip Theatre' learning environment. From the outset, Dan and Dene's approach has been one of respect, a demonstrable desire to learn and a tireless tenacity to 'get it right' in communicating cultural nuances. Their delivery of the projects showed sensitivity and creativity, bringing our stories alive via a range of techniques and technologies. Their innovative movie production of "Creation of the Gold Coast" has placed our Yugambeh creation story front and centre of the Corroboree theatre experience, and has gone on to win national and international awards.
Overall, Dreamworld Corroboree was also recognised by winning the Queensland Premiers Reconciliation Award - being a significant achievement - and is held up as an inspirational example of what is possible.
Dene and Dan addressed sensitive issues with the right balance of frankness and discretion, while also ably imparting a strong sense of celebration and dignity to indigenous cultural, ceremonial and social subjects. The Corroboree development process in particular required Earthstory to consult with many mobs and individuals, and they have always handled these interactions with respect and honesty.
I recommend their services to any cultural project requiring world-class levels of research, writing, design, scripting, and production."
Rory O’Connor DIRECTOR | YUGAMBEH MUSEUM
RESEARCH / WRITING / GRAPHIC DESIGN / AUDIO-VISUAL PRODUCTION / MOTION GRAPHICS / RESPONSIVE WEB & INTERACTIVE DESIGN