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Meet the Native American Artist Whose Hand-Beaded Skate Shoes Have Become a Sensation

Last updated: 02-06-2018

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Meet the Native American Artist Whose Hand-Beaded Skate Shoes Have Become a Sensation

The Native American artist Charlene Holy Bear’s first foray into fashion came four years ago, when she made a last-minute decision to attend the annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, a pan-tribal festival also known as “North America’s largest Pow Wow.”

“Everyone gets all dressed up in their traditional regalia,” says Holy Bear, a member of the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Tribe who is known for her intricate beadwork. “I hadn’t had any time to prepare outfits for us but I wanted my four-year-old son Justus to look really cool.


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