Teri Greeves was raised on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming among the Shoshone and Northern Arapaho. Her mother, Jeri Ah-behill, opened a Trading Post, and sold works by the local women and Native beaders.
Her mother’s adopted Shoshone sister, Zedora Enos, sat down one summer afternoon in the store and showed Greeves how to do a lazy stitch. She said, “Funny that they call it that, there’s nothing lazy about it.” At the age of eight, she began to bead constantly. When beadworkers came into the shop, they would give her tips as she worked. Don’t pull your stitches so tight, use paper to back your tack-down so it lies nice and flat…
Greeves grew up to become an award-winning beadwork artist, well-known for her humorous, fully-beaded tennis shoes and her exceptional pictorial beadwork. She strives to portray contemporary experiences and Kiowa history in her work.
Her beadwork, as well as her dedication to furthering Native American art, has won her numerous awards at Indian Market, the Heard Museum, and elsewhere. Her work is found in public collections around the world, from the British Museum to the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe.