The Murray Cod


Murray cod, known as boorinawa to Yorta Yorta people. Also known as pondi or ponde by the lower Murray people, and is a significant part of the Murray River creation story.
A huge Murray cod chased by a great hunter (ngurunderi), thrashed long the channel, forming the bends and billabongs of the river. When the great fish was speared at Lake Alexandrina, the hunter threw pieces of the cod back into the water, naming them for the fish they would become, golden perch, bony bream, silver perch and so on. When he finished, he threw the remainder back and said, ‘you keep on being ponde.’

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52 × 139 cm | Acrylic on canvas | Cat. no: 671-20

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