François Chladiuk, the Belgian who whispered in the ears of the Indians

REPORT – This collector has become a world authority thanks to the objects and documents he has collected over the years on American Indians.

Special envoy to Lyon

For the inauguration of the exhibition, in Lyon, to which he lends his entire collection, he put on his most beautiful country shirt. And one more of his silver-tipped lace-up ties, a large buckle belt adorned with turquoise, and Mexican boots at $ 16,000 a pair (never use the word “cowboy boots” in front of him). Only the Belgian accent denotes in this John Wayne template. Otherwise, those who know François Chladiuk know how much this great enthusiast, crazy about westerns since childhood, is a scholar.

Does the American West still have secrets for this self-taught son of a worker? He has been collecting and documenting them for so many years that he has become a world authority in the field. His book, a splendid “coffee table book” bringing together his pieces, published in 2017 by the very rigorous University of Oklahoma Press, received the highest award of the Western Heritage Award. A prize awarded annually and previously received

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