David Bradley is an artist and an activist who has made significant contributions to both the Native art world and campaigns for Native rights. Striving to eradicate the exploitation of Indigenous Americans resulting from stereotyping and prejudices, his artistic aims are indistinguishable from his politics. His artworks carry an imperative message, urging tribal people to reclaim their identities and preserve their culture, whilst simultaneously offering considered reflection of past and present politics surrounding Native Americans today.
“To be an artist from the Indian world carries with it certain responsibilities. We have an opportunity to promote Indian truths and at the same time help dispel the myths and stereotypes that are projected upon us. I consider myself an at-large representative and advocate of the Chippewa people and American Indians in general. It is a responsibility which I do not take lightly.”