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.

Don't Hate Just Skate

Gabe Marquez never meant to own a skate shop, but when he realized his kids' friends needed a place to go, he started the West Side Skate Shop and incidentally created the skate club West Side Boys.

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 Museum Near You

    Ramp it Up! Is a traveling exhibition that celebrates the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of Native skate culture. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the exhibition is on the move and could be headed to a town near you. Check out the link below to see dates and locations.

    Connect to Smithsonian: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service