DOUGLAS MILES JR.
Doug Miles Jr. is the co-founder and founding team rider of APACHE SKATEBOARDS and is based in San Carlos, AZ. He is also the founder of Indellica. Douglas is featured in the film THE MYSTERY OF NOW.
He will be speaking via video conference at ADVENTURE FILM & INDIGENOUS CULTURE at the University of Ottawa on November 20th at 7pm
In the short film, THE MYSTERY OF NOW artist and Apache Skateboards founder, Douglas Miles shares socio-political context around the history that lead to life on the San Carlos Apache reservation, and the personal history of how and why he started a skateboard brand and team of local youth leaders. His advice on cultivating resilience, creativity, and joy, provides guidance in a time that for many feels uncertain, polarizing and divisive in our living rooms and around our dinner tables.
“It’s no mystery that the history of Native American people in this country has been overlooked, misrepresented and maligned to create a more heroic narrative for settlers to sell books, to sell land, and to sell movie tickets,” Douglas shares. “In the middle of this cultural clash, stereotypes and battles for agency, one thing that has never ceased is Native creativity and the making of art. In our creativity we recreate ourselves, and in doing so we create and shape the world around us.”