The Ngurunderi Dreaming.

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In the Dreaming, Ngurunderi travelled down the Murray River in a bark canoe, searching for his two wives who had run away from him.

At that time the river was only a small stream below the junction with the Darling River.

A giant cod fish...Ponde...swam ahead of the Ngurunderi, widening the river with sweeps of its tail.

Ngurunderi chased the fish, trying to spear it from his canoe.

Near Murray Bridge, he threw a spear, but missed and was changed into Long Island...Lenteilin

At Tailem Bend...Tagalang...he threw another; the giant fish surged ahead and created a long straight stretch in the river.

At last, with the help of Nepele...the brother of Ngurunderi's wives...Ponde was speared after it had left the Murray River and swam into Lake Alexandrina.

Ngurunderi divided the fish with his stone knife and created a new species of fish from each piece.

Meanwhile, Ngurunderi's two wives...the sisters of Nepele...had made camp.

On their campfire they were cooking bony bream, a fish forbidden to the Ngarrindjeri women.

Ngurunderi smelt the fish cooking and knew his wives were close.

He abandoned his camp and came after them.

His huts became two hills and his bark canoe became the Milky Way.

Hearing Ngurunderi coming, his wives just had time to build a raft of reeds and grass-trees and to escape across Lake Albert.

On the other side, their raft turned back into the reeds and grass trees.

The women hurried south.

Ngurunderi followed his wives as far south as Kingston.

Here he met a great Sourcer, Parampari.

The two men fought, using weapons and magic powers until eventually, Ngurunderi won.

He burnt Parampari's body in a huge fire, symbolised by granite boulders today, and turned north along the Coorong beach.

Here he camped several times, digging soaks in the sand for freshwater, and fishing in the Coorong lagoon.

Ngurunderi made his way across the Murray Mouth and along the Encounter Bay coast towards Victor Habour.

He made a fishing ground at Middleton by throwing a huge tree into the sea to make a seaweed bed.

Here he hunted and killed a seal; it's dying gasps can still be heard among the rocks.

At Port Elliot, he camped and fished again, without seeing a sign of his wives.

He became angry and threw a spear into the sea at Victor Habour, creating the islands there.

Finally, after resting in a giant granite shade shelter on Granite Island (Kaike), Ngurunderi heard his wives laughing and playing in the water near King's Beach.

He hurled his club to the ground, creating the Bluff (Longkuwar), and strode after them.

His wives fled along the beach in terror until they reached Cape Jervis.

At this time, Kangaroo Island was still connected to the mainland, and the two women began to hurry across to it.

Ngurunderi had arrived at Cape Jervis though, and seeing his wives still fleeing from him, he called out in a voice of thunder for the waters to rise.

The women were swept from their path by huge waves and were soon drowned.

They became the rocky Pages Islands.

Ngurunderi knew that it was time for him to enter the spirit world.

He crossed to Kangaroo Island and travelled to it's western end.

After first throwing his spears into the sea, he dived in, before rising to become a star in the Milky Way.


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