In 2009 com­mu­nity Elder Uncle Bruce Bax­ter felt it had become vital to offer young peo­ple a new way to learn their cul­ture from their Elders. An idea came to him, to trans­form a tra­di­tional story about the cre­ation of the Mur­ray River into a pup­pet show. He imag­ined young peo­ple lis­ten­ing to the story, build­ing pup­pets and rehears­ing a show that would make them proud of them­selves and their cul­ture whilst at the same time they would remem­ber the story for­ever. The Pondi Project was a pup­petry and dance per­for­mance per­formed by 16 young Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and two Elders on the banks of the Mur­ray River with an audi­ence of approx­i­mately 300 peo­ple. Noth­ing like this had hap­pened in Swan Hill before. The impact of this event has lasted for many years. With Uncle Bruce’s guid­ance and energy of the ini­tial project we con­tin­ued to cre­ate new the­atre using the sto­ries and themes of tra­di­tional cul­ture from the local area. In 2011 Uncle Bruce passed away. We now proudly con­tinue the work of The Mar­ruk Project in Uncle Bruce’s honour.


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