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September 5, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Chinese, American and Australian troops swapped modern weapons for traditional Aboriginal spears and boomerangs at Tjapukai as part of a week of intensive training in North Queensland.

The 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment hosted soldiers from the Australian Army, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps for Exercise Kowari last week.

Tjapukai general manager Bryce Madgwick said 30 soldiers and marines were at the cultural park for a day of experiences linked to the world’s oldest living culture.

“Tjapukai’s Bundarra Cassowary Egg Theatre was used to welcome the group to Tropical North Queensland for six days of adventure activities showcasing our region,” he said.

“Traditional Owners talked to them about cultural activities and painted their faces to welcome them to country.

“The highlight for many was learning to use boomerangs and spears under the guidance of Traditional Owners.

“Tjapukai’s unique indoor and outdoor events spaces are ideal for groups wanting an event space and team building activities showcasing Australia’s Indigenous culture.

“Groups can learn cultural activities such as traditional weaving, boomerang painting or join in an Aboriginal corroboree.

“Tjapukai can cater for groups of up to 300 indoors or 1500 outdoors in a rainforest setting on the traditional land of the Djabugay and the Yirrganydji people.”

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