All Aboard the Spinifex Express!
All aboard the Spinifex Express!
Do you remember the Spinifex Express? This historic train ran from Port Hedland to Marble Bar and was the inspiration for an all-singing, all-dancing cross-country adventure about the fascinating characters and animals who call the Pilbara home.
Songs like the train song are everyday or ‘japi’ songs created by one person and sung solo without dancers. They are not considered sacred and are a bit different to what people often call ‘songlines’. The Spinifex Express train song follows the waterholes on the track from Port Hedland to Marble Bar and creates something similar to a songline across the country.
Aimed at children under 5 the Spinifex Express adventure taught children at the Karijini Experience about traditional language and animals in a way that is both interactive and fun.
IBN had the good fortune to be able to send the All Aboard the Spinifex Express show on a tour of the Pilbara. With the help of funding from the Regional and Remote Touring Fund (RRTF), part of the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, the show spent two months traveling around the Pilbara, visiting remote communities and regional towns. From Roebourne to Port Hedland and everywhere in between the reactions from the kids were priceless.
We hope you enjoy it!