Charlene Holy Bear and her beaded Vans shoes

The Lakota Artist Who Went Viral (Crixeo)

When Lakota artist Charlene Holy Bear posted a picture of the beaded shoes she made for her son, she had no idea they’d go viral or be featured in ‘Vogue.’

Charlene Holy Bear first learned how to bead when she was five years old. Her older sister taught her how in an effort to keep her away from messier paints. Three decades later, Holy Bear is a full-time artist, selling her beaded creations through her website, art shows, and markets.

Meet Charlene Holy Bear, the Lakota Artist Whose Beaded Vans Went Viral - Crixeo