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A beautiful and lyrical picture book for new babies across Australia

Miimi Marraal, she created us,
you and me …

From Gumbaynggirr artist Melissa Greenwood, of mother-daughter art and design label Miimi and Jiinda, comes a deeply felt and heart-stirring picture book about the connection between mothers, babies and Miimi Marraal, Mother Earth.

Melissa Greenwood was born on her Gumbaynggirr jagun (homelands) in Coffs Harbour and raised between both Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung nations.

On Melissa’s matriarchal side, she is a Gumbaynggirr custodian with strong ties to Bundjalung and Dunghutti. Her father’s side has English and Welsh heritage. Melissa was raised by her single Aboriginal mother so identifies strongly with her Aboriginal heritage and is a miimi (mum) of two beautiful giibarrin (boys).

From a very young age Melissa has been passionate about creating change for her people. Melissa completed both an Associate Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and a Bachelor of Justice Studies majoring in Critical Criminology. Melissa has used her skills to work tirelessly for the Indigenous community for over a decade running National Projects, Aboriginal Youth Programs and supporting survivors of the Stolen Generation.

Melissa is the founder and director of Miimi and Jiinda, a thriving Australian art business. Melissa has just launched a sister brand called Ochre by Miimi and Jiinda which is her fashion and homewares label. Melissa’s dream is to create a platform that not only supports her people but provides opportunities for them for employment and avenues for growth and self-determination.

Giinagay! Hello!

I am a Gumbaynggirr custodian and my Gumbaynggirr language is spoken on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where I was born and raised.

Gumbaynggirr Country includes areas from Nambucca Heads to the Clarence River and west to the Great Dividing Range, often referred to as ‘Saltwater Country’.

Miimi Marraal means Mother Earth, which for me is symbolic of Gawnggan, our female hero ancestor. My Elders taught me that we are all caretakers of the earth and must respect the land and look after it. Miimi Marraal carries the creation stories of our people. Our human existence, animals, plants, juluum (mountains), bindarray (rivers) and gaagal (the seas) — were created by our three hero ancestors: Gawnggan, Yuludarla, our male hero ancestor, and their son, named Birrugan.

My art is contemporary with a cultural lens and deeply personal.

To learn more about my art and my story, you can visit me at www.miimiandjiinda.com

Yaarri Yarraang! Goodbye!

Melissa Greenwood

Email HarperCollins to WIN 1 of 3 advance copies of Miimi Marraal, Mother Earth.

 

 

 

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