Martha Hanna – Smith

Sand BeadsSea shell broach 1Sisal clutch DSC00883Born in the Settlement of Delectable Bay on the island of Acklins, Bahamas.   Received early education at the Pompey Bay All age  School on Acklins Island. A pioneer of the San Salvador Teacher’s Training College on the  island of Salvador, Bahamas, from which she graduated as a Trained teacher. Furthering her education and training at the University of the West Indies- Mona, Jamaica  Martha  graduated with a BA Degree.

Married to Rudolph Smith (recently deceased)  for 44  years , that union produced four (4) wonderful sons.

President  of Mattie’s Authentic Bahamian Creations.  An Artisan for many years, specializing in straw, Shells, Sand products.   Also the Author of “Bush medicine in Bahamian Folk Tradition”

Martha has traveled extensively attending many National and International..Conferences and shared her knowledge in entrepreneurial development of many in the Craft Industry of the Bahamas.

To her credit she is Past President  of Bahamas National Craft Association.

Martha was Instrumental in setting up local Associations on the islands of Eleuthera (Crafters Association of South Eleuthera)  and Exuma Crafters Network in Exuma.

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