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Skateboarding is one of the most popular sports on Native American reservations. In fact, many of Native America’s best young athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs are being inspired and nurtured at skate parks around the country. We meet a group of native skaters who’ve decided to take the sport to a new level and give back to their communities. They’re building parks, staging skate jams, educating kids and hoping to save lives.
Betsy Gordon is the inspiration behind the Smithsonian exhibition Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America. In 2009, Betsy talked the venerable institution into constructing a skate park in the NMAI’ Potomac Atrium and invited some of the best Native skaters in the country to demonstrate and celebrate.
Todd Harder is the owner of Native Skateboards and the force behind the annual All Nations Skate Jam. A Michigan native of Creek ancestry, Todd is an avid skate deck collector and mentor to youth locally and on the national Pow Wow circuit.
This film is a wild ride into the current passion and future glory of a generation of young warriors, armed with only a skateboard.