JUNE 28 — AUGUST 24, 2014
For many, it’s all about style and flow. For others, it’s a way of combining balance and agility, courage and creativity. For all, skateboarding is a way of life. Ramp It Up explores the indigenous stories of skateboarding.
Radical Lessons. “Be strong. Be resilient, on your board and off. These are lessons of skate life, lessons of Native life, learned on the streets and on the rez.
One of the most popular activities on Indian reservations today, skateboarding is a true phenomenon, integrating physical exertion with design, graphic art, videography, and music. The result is a unique and dynamic culture all its own. Enthusiasm for the sport only continues to grow as American Indian communities build skateparks and host skateboard competitions that attract national attention.
Native artists and filmmakers are often inspired by their own skating experiences. More importantly, the sport provides an unfettered outlet for creativity, channeling youthful energy into something positive and meaningful. The lessons learned in a skatepark speak to the inner strength of each skater and are a metaphor for the Native experience. When you fall, get up and try again. Push yourself higher and faster. Never give up.