Skateboard Nation

Skateboard Nation

Get stoked for a high-flying, adrenaline-fueled adventure. Explore the underground movement that's helping Native American youth throughout the U.S. soar above life's challenges, one half-pipe at a time. Skateboarding is increasingly popular on Indian reservations, cultivating athletes, artists, entrepreneurs and mentors. From the streets of Albuquerque to New York City, from Washington, D.C. to Pine Ridge, SD, the sport is fueling a new form of self-expression and pride.

From Pipe Dream to Half-Pipe

Bryant Chapo is living the dream; he grew up on the Fort Hall Reservation, skateboarding for fun, but now he skates full time and is about to go pro.

There's MORE to the story. Discover the inspirations, see the artifacts and meet the experts of the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Visit the Ramp It Up! Exhibition at a Location Near You

    Ramp it Up! Is a traveling exhibition that celebrates the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of Native skate culture.

    Connect to Smithsonian: FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU