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Posted on January 14th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

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Instagram, Art, and Native American Narratives

On Twitter recently, #NotYourNarrativepopped up, and it revealed a series of hashtag statements…

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“Reclaiming Ones Own Narrative Is A Powerful Act In Itself ”

Writer An Xio on DOUGLAS MILES
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Posted on November 14th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

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Me silk-screening at the Douglas Miles’ What Tribe Project exhibition in Los Angeles. Yoemen (Yaqui), Nahuatl, and Tecuexes, all from the Mexican side of the present day US/Mex border.  

“silk-screening at the Douglas Miles’ What Tribe Project exhibition in Los Angeles”

Posted on September 27th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

WHAT TRIBE COMES TO EAST LOS

One of the hottest weeks in L.A. And we felt it. Though we’re from AZ, we still had to acclimate. Maybe we brought heat from Arizona. We were a long way from San Carlos, Salt River and Window Rock but we were with friends. The What Tribe East L.A. show was hosted by Self Help Graphics and curated by Douglas Miles. Our last venue was in Phoenix AZ. Denver University in Colorado kicked off the What Tribe concept in Fall 2012. Now it has traveled to Los Angeles, Boyle Heights East Los to be exact. It was Summers last gasp and the What TRIBE Project co-existed with L.A. heat . Follow now as the all-seeing eye of Eriberto ORIOL documents a small mural project and fun art opening held on Thursday night at Self Help Graphics & Art. We were there for a week.

The What Tribe Art Project is a discussion on the proliferation of stereotypes of Native people and other ” tribes” in media. I wanted to allow artists to create a proactive dialogue, not a reactionary one which we often see via social media. However the show has transformed into a way to bring various ” tribes” together in an unspoken unity to have a greater discussion away from the environs of academia and art institutions that pander to an apathetic mainstream. What Tribe was not about big names, fame or political correctness. It addresses the issue of racist stereotype via constructive positive dialogue with artists in community. It was also (I hoped) an opportunity for emerging artists to work with more established ones in new school fashion.

The show is inherently about tribal self-definition. There’s a long history of institutions attempting to tell or define our “native” story. All artists must endeavor to define their own work. Artists often think someone will do it for them. We voice our unique story through art as we speak for ourselves as Native people, artists, designers, film makers, survivors and creators gifted by the creator, not as victims or tragic icons. We welcome making friends that respect our creative processes. The mural artists were: Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, Vyal Ryes, Renelle White Buffalo and myself, Douglas Miles.

The contributing and featured artists were :

Eriberto Oriol, Mike Miller, Douglas Miles, Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, Micah “Werewulf” Wesley, Joseph M. Sanchez , Jasmin Rosales, Jonathan Nelson, Angel Diaz, Katie Beltran, Avis Charley, Luke Dorsett, Renelle White Buffalo’ Vyal Reyes, Joel ” Rage 1” Garcia, and a mysterious El Fatom .

Via the What Tribe mural project, we wanted to reclaim and reinstate our (Native) images via art in a larger context and format, the City of Angels. As we shared with the diverse L.A. community our perspective from reservation, city and tribal backgrounds, we inform and share our own aesthetic. A unique tribal view is actually missing from one of the largest cities in the world. At the same time we aren’t pandering nor looking for pity from an exclusive art mainstream or society at large. Art always speaks for itself. After having a discussion about cultural appropriation with Vyal Reyes ( Artist-In-Residence S.H.G.) and Evonne Gallardo ( Director of Self Help Graphics) they suggested we also do a wall at Self Help Graphics.

The mural in Boyle Heights at Self Help Graphics is a proactive positive way to bring a visual indigenous aesthetic point of view to a city known for its cultural diversity. Mural art is about becoming part of the community. Murals allow artists to have a larger conversation within a community. Mural art isn’t necessarily about “being seen” as much as it’s about “seeing” the world around you and speaking on it. Like a skater having fun turning the streets into a moving playground, we wanted to become “one with the environment”. As a Native American myself (San Carlos Apache /O’Odham) it was an honor to be invited by friends in Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics (and curate What Tribe) to work in a respected Chicano East Side community with a great tradition of art for tribal people.

Right now I’m looking for other venues, locales, galleries etc. to partner with and would like to see the show travel. In the process of creating, curating and executing the show, I’ve made new friendships and strengthened old ones. I can’t speak for all artists or tribes. No matter where we’re from we have roots and specific social mores unique to our own families/tribes/cultures. Whether Native Californian or Native American, or both, I wanted to show and share similarities we all have. All of us are “tribal” people in some manner.

We all have a lot of work to do in bringing communities, artists, leaders and tribes together around important issues we all face. I figured WHAT TRIBE was a good place to start. Hope you all get to see the show and of course there will be others. Right now I’m busy writing down thoughts on this show and it’s importance to the communities involved. Thank you all artists and friends that helped along the way. It’s only a beginning.

Douglas Miles
WHAT TRIBE Project Artist / Curator

ALL Photos by Eriberto ORIOL

Posted on September 25th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

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From the Rez ~ Interview with Apache Artist & Curator Douglas Miles

What Tribe Project (LA TACO recap) is exhibiting at Self Help Graphicstil October 5th, a definite…

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Probably one of the best interviews to date on Douglas Miles, What Tribe Project and Apache Skateboards from L.A. TACO.

http://www.lataco.com/taco/rez-douglas-miles?fb_source=pubv1

Posted on September 25th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments
WHAT TRIBE MURAL SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

It was Summers last gasp and the the What TRIBE Project co-existed with L.A. heat. Follow now as the all-seeing photographic eye of Eriberto ORIOL documents a small mural project at Self Help Graphics 1300 First street in Boyle Heights. Art in the heart of East L.A. with Renelle White Buffalo , Thomas Breeze Marcus, Vyal Reyes and Douglas Miles.

Art speaks for itself via the What Tribe mural project. After having a discussion about cultural appropriation with Evonne Gallardo ( Director of Self Help Graphics and Vyal Reyes ( Artist-In-Residence/ S.H.G.), they suggested we do a wall at Self Help Graphics. We wanted to reclaim and reinstate unique Native images in a positive manner in a larger context and format, a wall in the City of Angels. At the same time we aren’t pandering nor looking for pity from an exclusive mainstream art society. As we share our aesthetic perspective from reservation, city and tribal backgrounds, we inform and hopefully teach. Our tribal worldview is actually missing from one of the largest and diverse cities in the world, Los Angeles, until now.

The mural in Boyle Heights at Self Help Graphics is a proactive positive way to bring a visual indigenous aesthetic point of view to a city known for its cultural diversity. Mural art is about becoming part of the community. Murals allow artists to have a larger conversation within a community. Mural art isn’t necessarily about “being seen” as much as it’s about “seeing” the world around you and speaking on it. Like a skater having fun turning the streets into a moving playground, we wanted to become “one with the environment”. Being Native American myself (San Carlos Apache /O’Odham) it was an honor to be invited by friends in Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics (and curate What Tribe) to work in a respected Chicano East Side community with a great tradition of art for tribal people.

Douglas Miles
Curator: What Tribe

All photos by Eriberto Oriol.

Posted on September 24th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

We were a long way from San Carlos, Salt River and Window Rock Arizona. We were with friends though. It was one of the hottest weeks in L.A. Even though we’re from AZ, we felt that California heat. Maybe we brought it from AZ? The What Tribe E.L.A. show was hosted by Self Help Graphics and curated by Douglas Miles. Our last venue was in Phoenix AZ. Denver University in Colorado kicked it off the What Tribe concept in Fall 2012. Now it has traveled to Los Angeles. Boyle Heights East Los to be exact.

What Tribe was meant to be a discussion on the negative proliferation of stereotypes of Native people and other ” tribes” in media. It still is. I wanted to allow artists to creative a proactive dialogue, not a reactionary one which we see too often via social media. However the show has now become a way to bring various ” tribes” together in tacit unity to have a greater discussion away from the environs of academia and art institutions that pander to an uninformed apathetic mainstream.

Via the What Tribe mural project, we wanted to reclaim and reinstate our own (Native) images via art in a larger context. As we shared with the diverse L.A. community our own perspective from our reservation city and tribal backgrounds, we inform and share our own aesthetic. Our unique tribal view is actually missing from one of the largest cities in the world. At the same time we aren’t pandering nor looking for pity from the art mainstream or society at large. Our art speaks for itself.

After having this discussion with Vyal Reyes ( Artist-In-Residence S.H.G.) and Evonne Gallardo ( Director of Self Help Graphics) they suggested we do the wall at Self Help Graphics. I’m sure I’m leaving something out of this story. It’s only meant to detail the birth of the mural and not the exhibition itself.

Summers last gasp and the the WhatTRIBE Project co-existed. Follow now as the all-seeing eye of Eriberto ORIOL documents a small mural project we did at Self Help Graphics & Art with Renelle White Buffalo , Thomas Breeze Marcus & Vyal Reyes. I .

Douglas Miles
WHAT TRIBE Project
Artist / Curator

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What Tribe Project ~ Self Help Graphics

Posted on September 21st, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

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LA TACO’s Erwin Recinos was invited to Self Help Graphics and photograph and speak with Douglas Miles, curator/artist of the current exhibition “What Tribe Project”, which you can go see in person at 1300 E 1st St.

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Www.lataco.com covers The What Tribe Art Project at Self Help Graphics in Boyle Heights Los Angeles. Thanks Tacos!

Posted on September 17th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

INSIDE Self Help Graphics Gallery in Boyle Heights, the walls become sacred space. It was important to pay homage to all artists who let me show their work: so I roll called them.

The WhatTribe Project Art Show was not about big names, fame or political correctness. It’s about addressing the issue of stereotype via constructive positive dialogue with artists in community. It was also (I hoped) an opportunity for emerging artists to work with more established ones in a new school fashion.

In the process of creating, curating and executing the show, I’ve made new friendships and strengthened old ones. Though I can’t speak for all artists or tribes, no matter where we’re from we have roots and specific social mores unique to our own families/tribes/cultures. Whether Native Californian or Native American, I wanted to show and share similarities we have. All of us are “tribal ” people in some manner.

We all have a lot of work to do in bringing communities , artists, leaders and tribes together around important issues we all face. I figured WHAT TRIBE was a good place to start. Hope you all get to see the show and of course there will be others. Right now I’m busy writing down thoughts on this show and it’s importance to the communities involved. Thank you all artists and friends that helped along the way. It’s only a beginning.

Instagram ID’s : @eribertooriol @mikemillerphoto @werewulfmicah @badwinds @breeze1phx @vyalone @avischarley @buffaloroamingla @tonatuatli @rageone @shg1970 @muse1971 @dmiles1_apache @deweytafoya @instapache1 @whattribeproject

Posted on August 30th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles CA, presents

THE WHAT TRIBE PROJECT,

An exhibition curated by Douglas MILES of Apache Skateboards. Opening Reception is Thursday, September 5, at 7PM. There will be an artist panel discussionon Saturday September 7, 2013 at 12PM at the gallery.

The What TRIBE project is art designed to discuss negative stereotypical images of Native Americans in media and other diverse cultures. It features the work of over 15 artists including seminal Los Angeles photographers, Eriberto Oriol and Mike Miller. Stereotypical racist images make their way into media via fashionistas, film makers and brands in search of new edgy content from “other” cultures. Cultural appropriation then takes place at an alarming rate leading to demeaning stereotype(s). What Tribe aims to counter stereotypical images from the American pop cultural visual landscape. Los Angeles being a media capitol is the perfect place to exhibit these works. What TRIBE aims to promote creativity not controversy, discussion not discrimination, and understanding, not apathy.

Self Help Graphics will unveil a collectible limited edition serigraph print of Eriberto Oriol and Douglas Miles’ collaboration piece, ” Cowboys & Indians” at the opening (above).

ARTISTS: Eriberto Oriol / Mike Miller / Thomas Breeze Marcus / Werewulf Micah Wesley / Jasmin Rosales / Joel Rage 1 Garcia / Leslie Gutierrez-Saiz / Douglas Miles / Jonathan Nelson / Avis Charley / Angel Diaz / Luke Dorsett / Katie Beltran / Joseph Sanchez / Brandan Odums / and MORE

Self Help Graphics / 1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 / 323-881-6444

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Posted on August 28th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles CA, presents
THE WHAT TRIBE PROJECT, an exhibition curated by Douglas Miles of Apache Skateboards. Opening Reception is Thursday, September 5, at 7PM. There will be an artist panel discussion on Saturday September 7, 2013 at 12PM at the gallery.

The What TRIBE project is art designed to discuss negative stereotypical images of Native Americans in media and other diverse cultures. It features the work of over 15 artists including seminal Los Angeles photographers, Eriberto Oriol and Mike Miller. Stereotypical racist images make their way into media via fashionistas, film makers and brands in search of new edgy content from “other” cultures. Cultural appropriation then takes place at an alarming rate leading to demeaning stereotype(s). What Tribe aims to counter stereotypical images from the American pop cultural visual landscape. Los Angeles being a media capitol is the perfect place to exhibit these works. What TRIBE aims to promote creativity not controversy, discussion not discrimination, and understanding, not apathy. Self Help Graphics will unveil a collectible limited edition serigraph print of Eriberto Oriol and Douglas Miles’ collaboration piece, ” Cowboys & Indians” at the opening (above). ARTISTS: Eriberto Oriol / Mike Miller / Thomas Breeze Marcus / Werewulf Micah Wesley / Jasmin Rosales / Joel Rage 1 Garcia / Leslie Gutierrez-Saiz / Douglas Miles / Jonathan Nelson / Avis Charley / Angel Diaz / Luke Dorsett / Katie Beltran / Joseph Sanchez / Brandan Odums / and MORE

Self Help Graphics / 1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 / 323-881-6444