Lorraine is an Inland Tlingit of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. She belongs to Dakhl’awèdí or Killer Whale Clan. Lorraine’s Tlingit name is Yeikunasheen [going down looking/searching for]. Her Maternal Grandmother was Tagish and her Maternal Grandfather was Tlingit from Juneau, Alaska. Her father is of German/English descent. During her childhood, her family lived off the land for several years in a cabin on Francis Lake, Yukon. She has lived most of her life in the small Tlingit community of Teslin, Yukon. During her years there, she and her children were immersed in the strong, rich Tlingit culture.
Lorraine has always had a strong interest in traditional Tlingit art, since it is a refection of both her culture and identity. She recognizes the importance of the culture and tradition and is committed to learn it and pass it forward for generations to come. She has graduated and received a diploma through the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Fine Art in Terrace, BC.
She has also had the privilege to be mentored under the guidance of master carver Dempsey Bob during her time in Terrace. Lorraine’s oldest brother, master carver Keith Wolfe-Smarch, has inspired her to become an artist and carver.
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