4-Wheel Warpony skateboarders, 2008 - From left to right, White Mountain Apache skaters Armonyo Hume, Jess Michael Smith, Aloysius Henry, Ronnie Altaha and Lee Nash. The skate team was founded by award-winning filmmaker Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo), who got his start making skateboarding videos in Arizona

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

4-Wheel Warpony skateboarders, 2008 - From left to right, White Mountain Apache skaters Armonyo Hume, Jess Michael Smith, Aloysius Henry, Ronnie Altaha and Lee Nash. The skate team was founded by award-winning filmmaker Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo), who got his start making skateboarding videos in Arizona

Ramp It Up! Skateboard Exhibit Moves to Pequot Museum

By museum standards, things are about to get a lot flashier, fresher and faster at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Mashantucket, Connecticut. 

Opening May 25 at the Mashantucket Pequot Nation's museum is the exhibit Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America. The new exhibition in the Mashantucket Gallery reveals the underground world of skateboarding in Indian country and highlights the Native American skateboarding culture of the West Coast. Ramp It Up showcases four short films, 45 images including rare archival photos, and several Native-designed decks and graffiti-backdrop panels by Native American artist Jak Fragua.

Matika Wilbur, self portrait

The exhibit will be on display until July 20. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members. Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America is organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. To learn more about the exhibit and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, go to PequotMuseum.org.

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