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Saturday, July 4, 2009
Native Skate Jam hosted at Smithsonian

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Ramp It Up
Armonyo Hume (White Mountain Apache), member of 4 Wheel Warpony skate team.

Wounded Knee Skateboards owner Jim Murphy hosts a skate jam, July 3-5, at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. The live webcast, shown at 12:00 p.m. and 2 p.m. all three days, can be watched here.

Featuring the first mini ramp ever built at the Smithsonian, the event is being hosted in support of the Museum's "Ramp It Up" exhibit, which depicts the rise in popularity of skateboard culture in Native America and shows from June 12 to September 13, 2009 at Washington D.C.'s National Mall.

"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." --NMAI