In 2009 com¬≠mu¬≠nity Elder Uncle Bruce Bax¬≠ter felt it had become vital to offer young peo¬≠ple a new way to learn their cul¬≠ture from their Elders. An idea came to him, to trans¬≠form a tra¬≠di¬≠tional story about the cre¬≠ation of the Mur¬≠ray River into a pup¬≠pet show. He imag¬≠ined young peo¬≠ple lis¬≠ten¬≠ing to the story, build¬≠ing pup¬≠pets and rehears¬≠ing a show that would make them proud of them¬≠selves and their cul¬≠ture whilst at the same time they would remem¬≠ber the story for¬≠ever. The Pondi Project was a pup¬≠petry and dance per¬≠for¬≠mance per¬≠formed by 16 young Abo¬≠rig¬≠i¬≠nal peo¬≠ple and two Elders on the banks of the Mur¬≠ray River with an audi¬≠ence of approx¬≠i¬≠mately 300 peo¬≠ple. Noth¬≠ing like this had hap¬≠pened in Swan Hill before. The impact of this event has lasted for many years. With Uncle Bruce‚Äôs guid¬≠ance and energy of the ini¬≠tial project we con¬≠tin¬≠ued to cre¬≠ate new the¬≠atre using the sto¬≠ries and themes of tra¬≠di¬≠tional cul¬≠ture from the local area. In 2011 Uncle Bruce passed away. We now proudly con¬≠tinue the work of The Mar¬≠ruk Project in Uncle Bruce‚Äôs honour.