“The man behind the beadwork” – Brodie Sanchez Shoshone-Bannock Beadwork Artist

“The man behind the beadwork” – Brodie Sanchez Shoshone-Bannock Beadwork Artist

Posted By Brodie Sanchez March 11th, 2018 Last Updated on: March 12th, 2018

It takes a tribe to raise a child….

As I read these words a thousand flashbacks from my childhood and adolescent years go racing through my mind and a strange mixture of emotions overtakes me and I ask myself how did I get here? 7 months ago, I was checking myself into North West Indian treatment Center in Elma, WA with a suitcase filled with beading supplies and not much else. Now my life in recovery is taking me places I could only dream and the beadwork that had saved my life so many times before was now growing into something beautiful as though it was a direct reflection of my own spiritual growth.

The life of a beader defiantly wasn’t my first option as a career path, but in this day in age with the internet pretty much killing small local business and the current job market low on the reservation. I found myself working at McDonald's as a last resort for a job in early 2017. After working the grill for few weeks, it was payday. To my surprise, the check was incredibly small, and it was right then and there I said no more. No more working hard for nothing, my life was unfulfilled I had no career, no college degree, no money and defiantly no plan to get out of my situation. So that day I went home and beaded through the day into the night finishing up a medallion. I sold it the next day on Instagram and called McDonald’s to quit, I wish I could say after that life was great, but the reality of the matter was the success wouldn’t come easy and in my on-going battle with addiction I was losing the game for my life.

Rehab was where I really found myself and healthy ways to cope with the past issues I had been avoiding for so long. For the first time in my life I was in complete balance physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The first project I beaded after graduating rehab was Sitting Bull, it was my way of saying to the world that “This is me and I will continue to fight”. The emotional heartache from the dark times in my life mixed with good thoughts and prayers is what I put into my art as though a part of me will forever be connected is a humbling feeling as an artist. And like many of the greats artist before me, I hope my work will continue to inspire other artists for years after to come.

In my blog posts, I’m going to take you through the world of a beading artist, share tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years and talk in depth about the aspects of beading culture. you can see more of my beadwork on Instagram: Shoshonisanchez07 or by following this blog. Comment below your beading questions.

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Stephanie L. Wooten

Where/How might I purchase so if your work?


Hey Broadie. I just started beading last month. My first work was obviously awful. My second was better. By third is a floral design on a pair of moccasins and it’s going to look great. I use your medallions to show people the level of finesse beading can reach, alongside Métis floral landscapes. Keep up the great work!

Sama Peric

I am reading your story and feel chill run down my neck, having just found a new passions for beaded arts although I do not bead my self but I see beaded work as way more than just beads but more of music of the heart passing through the minds into the fingers to creat these amazing pieces. I definitely know what I want although I am still walking the road finding my self. Your work was an immediate pin point for me and I was like yesssssss this is it this is exactly how I will wish the beads expressed. I am from cameroon a country from Central Africa and I have been to Kenya Tanzania and other countries just to learn and understand the beading cultures so as to better under that that connection between all royal tribes. Thank u again and I will keep following you for sure you are a great inspiration to me and I now know I wasn’t thinking wrong about beaded cultures.

Gary Cima

Brodies work is truly some of the very finest I have ever seen; and I have seen ALOT. There is a reason for everything and there is a reason why you were given this gift. How awesome of you to share and mentor others! So many great things lie ahead for you!

Jennifer A Summer

Brodie Sanchez. Ate you or ancestors from relocation in NM or AZ when the name Miller and Sanchez were interchanged? Adoptions occurred. And possible relative Miller was actually the last Jackson who survived Brazos in TX?

John Perrault

Very Beautiful work!!!?

Jonell Adams

Very beautiful. Nice work.

Dennis Jimenez

Hi Brodie, I’m originally from Blackfoot. I have a 50 year old beaded belt buckle that needs repairs. Do you do repairs?


Hello there Brodie, your bead work truly amazing. Do you take orders?

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