Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 13th, 2013 Last Updated on: November 13th, 2013

This traveling exhibit courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will showcase 20 skate decks, including some from American Indian skateboard companies and artists, plus photos and video of Indian skaters tearing up the terrain in Albuquerque, N.M., and other skate spots. Dustinn Craig's contributions include team photos and decks from his skateboard company, 4-Wheel Warpony.


Courtesy Dustinn Craig/Smithsonian’s NMAI

“I am 50 percent White Mountain Apache and 50 percent Navajo,” the Arizona filmmaker once said, “but 100 percent skater.”

When it comes to skateboard culture, there's a bigger, bolder picture beyond its street-surfing roots in California. The action sport also has carved out quite the niche with American Indians like Craig.

That all-American love of kick-flipping over stairs and board-sliding down handrails has rolled into the Institute of Texan Cultures with “Ramp It Up,” a new two-part exhibit that highlights skateboard culture from across the reservation to across the Lone Star State. “Ramp It Up” runs through Jan. 5, 2014.

Read more about Dustinn Craig and the exhibit on My San Antonio.

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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angel southwind

Ramp It Up seems like a very inspiring event for first nation youth,,as well as for the older folks!lol.maybe give Saskatoon,sk a visit to inspire our youth,as many first nation and non native people are into the skateboard community, also we have a kick ass skate park,,that is only a few years new. im sure there are businesses of the skateboard community who may take an interest in sponsorship, u should look into it,, we have a very beautiful city and as are the people. meegwich.

Shelley Foster-Stichler

When are ya’ll gonna have something about Red Thunder music? you know…those wonderfuly talented musicians, who blend their style of music with their cultures traditional music. It’s a powerful message in each song. Red Thunder has a web page, I bought a cassette tape back in early 90’s @ a pow- wow in New Mexico. there are two brothers in the band Romero is their last name!!!!! loved visiting your site tonight ..spend 2 hours checking out everything!!!! SEND ME MORE!! he…he..

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