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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 Fully Hand Beaded Wrist Bag

    Native American Fully Hand Beaded Wrist Bag

    $590.00
    Created in the classic style of the quilled wrist bag, Native American artist Brenda DuBray uses her keen skills to create the glass beaded version. Learn More
  3. Kapemni Design Hand Beaded Native American Cradleboard - Right side view

    Kapemni Design Hand Beaded Native American Cradleboard

    $2,095.00
    Native American beadwork artist Brenda DuBray creates another beautiful piece with her signature patterns that match perfectly, above and below. Learn More
  4. Native American Green Beaded Purse on Wool Cloth

    Native American Green Beaded Purse on Wool Cloth

    $599.00
    Brenda adds beadwork art to a pendleton blanket piece to create this beautiful and usable purse. There is a zippered closure to help secure items inside the bag. Learn More
  5. Native American Hand Beaded Cradleboard: Star Blanket Design

    Native American Hand Beaded Cradleboard: Star Blanket Design

    $2,095.00
    Native American artist Brenda DuBray shows off her vast talent with this beautifully hand beaded cradleboard with a Star Blanket design. Star quilts are found all across Indian Country, the quilt symbolizes the love or respect a person has for you. Learn More
  6. Native American Hand Beaded Travel Bag: Periwinkle

    Native American Hand Beaded Travel Bag: Periwinkle

    $1,419.00
    Native American beadwork artist Brenda DuBray loves to mix colors, even if it doesn't seem like they would work together, she makes it work. Learn More
  7. Native American Hand Beaded Travel Bag: Turquoise Green

    Native American Hand Beaded Travel Bag: Turquoise Green

    $1,419.00
    Native American beadwork artist Brenda DuBray loves to mix it up when it comes to combining colors. She choose a vibrant red with turquoise green combination, the yellow, black and white help to pull the designs together. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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