Douglas Miles at Apache Skateboards tellin it like it is.
This was screen capped and shared via our APACHE Skateboards FB Fan Page. I post there pretty regularly.
I came up with the 5-6 steps and ways dominant culture basically steals, hi-jacks and appropriates our culture right under our noses and often with our permission. THEY have convinced us first that we are “losing our culture” and the move in with solutions benefitting them first, us second.
…The list goes on…
Douglas Miles jr. & Douglas Miles sr.
Photographer, Brandon Moore took this photo of Doug Miles and Douglas Miles Sr. for an article in Phoenix Magazine 2012. San Carlos Apache Nation, AZ.
Does Disney think that Indians/Native are so poor, uneducated and have no political voice that a film with #johnnydepp in #redface will pass as “entertainment”? Does Disney think the respect or integrity of Indian people can be bought with a Happy Meal? Rated “R” for #racism
= TAKE ME TO THE RIVER =
Douglas Miles pen &ink
Mahalia at “What Tribe” Denver University, CO.
“Rez Life 101 is a non-stereotypical, non-trendy way to revisit the work of Douglas Miles and Apache Skateboards. Filmed & Directed by Brandan Odums, he captures whats basically an art/skate movement without hype, institutional racist dogma or pandering to any mainstream ideations of what Indian people should be.
Native people have been told who we are for over 500 years. The time has come for us to define ourselves, by ourselves. Our own ideas, concepts, social and creative constructs whether seen or unseen remain unique and valid. We need NO validation from the mainstream whatsoever. What we do demand is respect and honesty with regard to our history and presence without pretense or pity.”
APACHE /Skateboards/ Rez Life 101 : Directed by Brandan Odums.
Reuben Ringlero is the photographer. He’s been an Apache Skate teamster since day one. He now leads the film & video department for a large O’odham Tribe in Arizona. He’s filmed numerous short films for Apache Skateboards. Find him on instagram uploading more awesome photos. He shot Douglas Miles Jr (Apache) in downtown Phoenix.
VOLCOM Stone Age X APACHE /Douglas MILES Designs:
IN 2009 I was asked and invited by Volcom Stone Age to design a line of products for their skate brand, Volcom Stone Age. I designed over 24 items of which 7 items were produced. You are looking at design and art history created in San Carlos AZ for the skate crowd from the San Carlos Apache Nation.
In an age when many clothing brands openly exploit Native themes, culture and art, Volcom did the opposite, they reached out to us as friends & family to support Apache Skateboards with complete respect for tribal Apache culture asking us to help develop product.
This was not a pitiful attempt to assuage for historical guilt from a mainstream company nor based on some institutionally racist faux paus. I worked closely with Geoff Rowley and Remy Stratton at the time to refine the designs I created for Volcom as guest designer. It was a collaboration between “tribes”. Volcom had been supporting Apache Skateboards for years prior to our Co-Lab. I’ll share more items in future posts. Be assured,
this is only the beginning.
The sons of The Gila River which now runs dry. Two Akimel O’odham Tribal young men about to shred your stereotypes to pieces. ” There seemed to be no end to this day”
All Power To The People
I created this piece as part homage to the Black Power Movement via the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and also homage to (the) Geronimo: Apache Resistance Fighters of the 1880’s.
Seeing parallels in peoples struggles for independence is key. It allows us to come to the aid of one another. It also serves as an artistic revamping of a powerful slogan the BPP devised: “All Power To The People”.
To build a community, you must know what a community needs first.