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Brenda DuBray

Brenda DuBray

Oglala | Lakota
Allen, SD

Brenda began her beading career when she was 8 years old, her older sister taught her so they could hang out together. Brenda had this to say about her experience, "It didn't go very well because my beadwork was so messy and wouldn't line up nicely and I almost gave up, but my sister said to keep trying and practice a lot, so I did and she was right! Eventually the beadwork came out perfectly."

Today, the whole family beads and Brenda continues to practice her art. She likes to try different types of beadwork like lane stitch, loom work, applique and the very difficult peyote stitch. She uses graph paper to map out her designs and is always trying to make improvements on them. "In the beginning it was key chains and small items but then I got better and started making purses and cradleboards."

Brenda also said that she intends to learn quillwork, she appreciates the hard work involved but also knows that as an artist she must evolve, she never wants to do the same old thing everyday, boring herself and her customers. Brenda also knows that she lives in one of the poorest counties in the United States, she lives in a place that does not have a gas station, grocery store, bank or restaurant but this does not make her the person she is, staying connected to her culture and family are what really defines her.

  1. American Indian Beaded Cradleboard: "Many Buffalo" - Mini Moccasins

    Native American Indian Beaded Cradleboard: "Many Buffalo"

    $1,800.00
    Created by Native American Indian beadwork artist Brenda DuBray, these buffalo are depicted moving across the side of the cradle, along with their tracks and a large geometric pattern. Learn More
  2. Native American Hand Beaded Cradleboard w. Horses Design

    Native American Hand Beaded Cradleboard w. Horses Design

    $2,095.00
    Native American artist Brenda DuBray demonstrates her skill with this beautifully hand beaded cradleboard, the yellow is the perfect background color for this herd of racing horses. Learn More
  3. Native American Hand Beaded Cradleboard w. Dragonfly Design

    Native American Hand Beaded Cradleboard w. Dragonfly Design

    $2,095.00
    Native American artist Brenda DuBray exhibits her skill with this beautifully hand beaded cradleboard, the pearl colored background sets off the dragonfly design perfectly. Learn More
  4. Native American Hand Beaded Green & White Possible Bag

    Native American Hand Beaded Green & White Possible Bag

    $1,548.00
    Native American artist Brenda DuBray uses her many years of beadwork talent to create this beautiful beaded possible bag. Learn More
  5. Native American Beaded Green w. White Pipebag

    Native American Beaded Green w. White Pipebag

    $966.00
    Native American artist Brenda DuBray adds a beautifully beaded pipebag to our collection, she uses snow white for the background color and black, red, yellow and green for the designs. Learn More
  6. Native American Hand Beaded Blue Possible Bag

    Native American Hand Beaded Blue Possible Bag

    $1,548.00
    Hand beaded by Native American artist Brenda DuBray, she uses glass bead colors that blend together perfectly while also making the designs pop! Learn More
  7. Native American Beaded Pipebag w. White Background

    Native American Beaded Pipebag w. White Background

    $966.00
    White as the background color is a preferred style of beadwork as it really makes the pattern or Native American design stand out. Learn More
  8. Native American Dark Periwinkle Blue Beaded Pipebag

    Native American Dark Periwinkle Blue Beaded Pipebag

    $966.00
    Native American beadwork artist Brenda DuBray puts together a stunning array of colorful patterns set off by a beautiful shade of blue for the background color. Learn More
  9. Native American Hand Made Pendleton w. Beadwork Purse: Black, Orange, Yellow

    Native American Hand Made Pendleton w. Beadwork Purse: Black, Orange, Yellow

    $599.00
    Native American artist Brenda DuBray uses a Pendleton blanket to create the body of this purse and then she adds beadwork. Learn More
  10. Native American Beadwork Pipe Bag: Blue Design on White Beaded Background

    Native American Beadwork Pipe Bag: Blue Design on White Beaded Background

    $1,025.00
    Native American beadwork artist Brenda DuBray beads this pipe bag with glass beads on commercially tanned deer leather. Learn More

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