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Cooee Mittigar

WINNER, 2020 PRIME MINISTER’S LITERARY AWARDS, CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

SHORTLISTED, 2020 SMALL PRESS NETWORK BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS

SHORTLISTED, 2020 CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, AWARD FOR NEW ILLUSTRATOR 

SHORTLISTED, 2020 SPEECH PATHOLOGY AUSTRALIA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, EIGHT TO 10 YEARS 

NOTABLES, 2020 CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, EVE POWNALL AWARD FOR INFORMATION BOOKS


Cooee Mittigar, meaning Come Here Friend, is an invitation to yana (walk), on Darug Country. In this stunning picture book, Darug creators Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson tell a story on Darug Songlines, introducing children and adults-alike to Darug Nura (Country) and language.

Greeted by Mulgo, the black swan, readers are welcomed to Nura. Journeying through the seasons, Mulgo describes the land, skyscape, birds, animals and totems. It is a gentle guide to how Darug people read the seasons, knowing when it is time to hunt and time to rest. It is also an appeal to remember, offering new ways of seeing and reading the lands of the surrounding Sydney region.

With Darug language interspersed with English and an extensive glossary throughout, Cooee Mittigar presents an important tool for learning, told as a tender story with exquisite illustrations. It is Jasmine and Leanne’s wish that with this book, everyone will know that the Darug mob are still here and still strong.

Cooee mittigar. Tread softly on our lands.                                 

Know that this dreaming was here. Is still here.                          

Will be forever.

$24.99

Praise for Cooee Mittigar

"The illustrations are stunning...This book makes for a great bedtime story."
Caris Duncan, National Indigenous Times

"Family, seasons, songlines, culture and tradition are the themes of this stunning picture book that is bound to become a classic."
girl.com.au

Jasmine Seymour

Jasmine Seymour is a Darug woman and descendant of Maria Lock, who was the daughter of Yarramundi, the Boorooberongal elder who had met Governor Phillip on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in 1791. Maria was the first Aboriginal woman...

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Leanne Mulgo Watson

Leanne Mulgo Watson is a Darug artist-educator and is the daughter of Aunty Edna Watson. She has been a director of the Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation for many years. Cooee Mittigar is her...

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Listen to Jasmine Seymour discuss 'Baby Business' and 'Cooee Mittigar' in conversation with Hugh Riminton on Radio National

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