Todd BordeauxSicangu Lakota Oyate
Todd Bordeaux is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
This award-winning, self-taught artist continues to perfect his craft by learning from his father, Ted Bordeaux, and his girlfriend, Karen Beaver.
Among his accolades are awards for Best of Show in 1999 at the Black Hills Art Expo and the Artist Choice Award at Indigenous Peoples Art Market in 2001. Bordeaux boasts 14 awards in seven juried art shows.
His newest images are extremely unique. Each print differs from the next, and they are all printed on handmade paper.
The father-son team is also keeping a seven generation winter count traditionally recorded on a buffalo hide alive. The story has been passed down from their great-great grandfather, Chief Lonedog. Bordeaux also tells this story through his beadwork on a story stick. Bordeaux tells a seven generation winter count through his beadwork on this story stick.
His jewelry is highly sought after by celebrities and collectors alike. The craftsman’s work can be seen at museums and galleries around the country.
Bordeaux's artwork is available through the Akta Lakota Museum online gallery.Sources:
Lyford, Carrie A., Quill and Beadwork of the Western Sioux, Johnson Publishing, Boulder, Colordao. 1979.
Grand Rapids Public Museum, Beads: Their Use by Upper Great Lakes Indians, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1977.