Brendon Albers

Beauty to live for

Beauty to live for

It was about the time of one suicide after another on the Cheyenne and Pine Ridge Reservations. Brendon Albers (Cheyenne River Sioux) sent out a letter with his story, a story of what he had lost in life, of what he had found in art. The healing that comes from shaping stone — alabaster from the Black Hills — with a story to tell.

Amidst family loss, Cheyenne River Sioux artist finds life in sculpting

Amidst family loss, Cheyenne River Sioux artist finds life in sculpting

Brendon Albers’ (Cheyenne River Sioux) art career began with a tragedy four years ago. “My brother got stomach cancer,” said Albers. “I moved to the Sioux Falls area [in South Dakota] and I started doing ceremonies to heal him.”