Shaa Smith

Shaa Smith


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Aunty Shaa is a Gumbaynggirr woman, storyteller and artist and cultural facilitator. Her mother is Gumbaynggirr and father Bundjalung. Through her work she shares knowledge while caring for Country. Her Country extends along the coast, from Nambucca Heads in the south to Red Rock in the north, and inland to Grafton, Glen Innes, Guyra and Wollomombi.

Aunty Shaa was part of the team that began the revitalisation and maintenance of Gumbaynggirr language through Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative, and has served as a board member and chairperson of that organisation.

She is also a project leader of Yandaarra, Shifting Camp Together: Caring for Country: Geographies of Co-existence in Gumbaynggirr Country. The research is a collaboration between Gumbaynggirr people led by Shaa, along with her daughter Neeyan Smith, her grandsons, the University of Newcastle and the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance of NRM organisations. The Australian Research Council Linkage program has funded the collaborative research over five years.

Shaa is a mother, grandmother and Aunty to many children and adults in Gumbaynggirr country. Her vision is to use Gumbaynggirr dreaming as a key to open up wholistic ways of being, knowing and learning.