My name is Karen Smith and I am a proud Darug woman from the Boorooberongal clan of the Derrubin area. I’ve been asked to say something about myself. There have been many highlights in my performance life in the areas of singing, teaching, directing and producing: bands, choirs, festivals, concerts, multimedia shows and touring. I now work at the Aboriginal Heritage Office in Northbridge as an Education Officer.
Karen Smith performs Walking Country, a multi-media performance written by Karen, with the help of her family and Darug community. She explains she wrote and compiled the multi- media production Walking Country to tell the story of the Darug people through the bloodline of our ancestors. She comments: the lives of the generations of our ancestors at Boongurabee (Blacktown) and the Derrubbin (Hawkesbury) are woven with the first stories of the impact of colonial life and successive Government policies. In Walking Country I have compiled the stories of many Darug people. This is a Darug story and an important story for all Australians.