Members of the 4 Wheel Warpony skate team (White Mountain Apache). Photo courtesy of Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo), 2008.

Ramp It Up: Smithsonian’s American Indian Skate Culture Exhibit Opens in Pennsylvania Today

ICTMN Staff
9/29/12

Opening today, September 29, and running through November 25 at the California University of Pennsylvania in California, Pennsylvania, is the special Smithsonian exhibit Ramp It Up. The show closed on September 9 at the Museum of Man in San Diego and has headed east for its current run.

Ramp It Up celebrates the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of American Indian skate culture. Skateboarding combines demanding physical exertion with design, graphic art, filmmaking, and music to produce a unique and dynamic culture. One of the most popular sports on Indian reservations, skateboarding has inspired American Indian and Native Hawaiian communities to host skateboard competitions and build skate parks to encourage their youth. Native entrepreneurs own skateboard companies and sponsor community-based skate teams. Native artists and filmmakers, inspired by their skating experiences, credit the sport with teaching them a successful work ethic. The exhibition features rare and archival photographs and film of Native skaters as well as skatedecks from Native companies and contemporary artists.

The exhibit was eveloped by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. For more info, visit http://blog.nmai.si.edu/main/ramp-it-up/.

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