Ramp it Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America


Ramp it Up celebrates the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of American Indian skate culture. Skateboarding combines demanding physical exertion with design, graphic art, filmmaking, and music to produce a unique and dynamic culture. One of the most popular sports on Indian reservations, skateboarding has inspired American Indian and Native Hawaiian communities to host skateboard competitions and build skate parks to encourage their youth. Native entrepreneurs own skateboard companies and sponsor community-based skate teams. Native artists and filmmakers, inspired by their skating experiences, credit the sport with teaching them a successful work ethic. The exhibition features rare and archival photographs and film of Native skaters as well as skatedecks from Native companies and contemporary artists.

Developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.


Apr. 28–Sep. 9, 2012
San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego, CA

Sep. 29–Nov. 25, 2012
California University of Pennsylvania
California, PA

Mar. 2–Apr. 28, 2013
Littleton Museum
Littleton, CO

May 18–Jul. 21, 2013
Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Mashantucket, CT

Sep. 13–Nov. 09, 2014
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
Clewiston, FL

Jimi Hendrix, The Royal Albert Hall, London, Feb. 18, 1969. Hendrix, who spoke proudly of his Cherokee grandmother, was one of many famous African Americans in the 1960s who cited family traditions linking them to Native ancestry. Photo by Graham F. Page. Courtesy Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.

IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas


This 20-panel banner exhibition focuses on the interactions between African American and Native American people, especially those of blended heritage. It also sheds light on the dynamics of race, community, culture, and creativity, and addresses the human desires of being and belonging. With compelling text and powerful graphics, IndiVisible includes accounts of cultural integration and diffusion as well as the struggle to define and preserve identity. Stories are set within the context of a larger society that, for centuries, has viewed people through the prism of race brought to the Western Hemisphere by European settlers.

By combining the voices of the living with those of their ancestors, IndiVisible provides an extraordinary opportunity to understand the history and contemporary perspectives of people of African and Native American descent. The exhibition is accompanied by a 160-page publication and 10-minute media piece.

Developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.


Jan. 9–31, 2013
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Ann Arbor, MI

Feb. 16–May 19, 2013
Martin Methodist College, Gault Fine Arts Center
Pulaski, TN

Jun. 8–Aug. 4, 2013
Abbe Museum
Bar Harbor, ME

Jan. 25–Mar. 23, 2014
The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
New York, NY

For booking contact and complete tour schedule information, including past dates and locations, please visit the exhibition website.

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