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 descendant.
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, and during her years there, she & 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 reflection of both her culture and identity.
She recognizes the importance of the culture and tradition and she is committed to learn about it and pass it forward to the generations to come.
At present, she is studying painting and carving in the Traditional Northwest Coast Art Form at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Fine Art Program Terrace, B.C. She has also had the privilege to work under the guidance of master carver Dempsey Bob during her time in Terrace.
Lorraine’s older brother, master carver Keith Wolfe-Smarch, has inspired her to work to become an artist and carver.