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        Apache Skateboarders: Straddling the Past and Present

        Come visit with the White Mountain Apache skate team, 4WheelWarPony, as they test their courage and explore their identity on the site of their ancestral homeland, in this media gallery from Away Games. Born and raised on the spectacular White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona, these Apache skaters ride through the same lands their ancestors once crossed on foot and horseback. Through skateboarding, Apache youth rediscover their proud tribal heritage, stay in shape, and find strength and direction.

        Classroom Support Materials for this resource include Discussion Questions, an Activity, and a Background Essay. This resource is part of the Away Games collection.

        Stoked on Skateboards

        Come visit 4WheelWarPony, the White Mountain Apache skate team, as they test their courage and explore their identity on the site of their ancestral homeland.

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        With scarce jobs, and alarming rates of crime and substance abuse, many young people on the White Mountain Apache Reservation find relief and motivation in skateboarding.

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        A 4WheelWarPony skater prepares for a game of skate at Alchesay High School in Whiteriver.

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        Dave does a heel flip.

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        Skateboarder and filmmaker Dustinn Craig sells custom skateboard decks and Apache Scout T-shirts to help finance the 4WheelWarPony team.

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        These Apache boys watch the action and look forward to the day when they can learn to skateboard.

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        “In the Apache language, the word for land is the same as the word for mind. This is my land. This is my mind. My ancestors understood that if they were ever to be separated from their land then the game was over.” - Dustinn Craig.

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        4WheelWarPony skaters having fun during the game of skate.

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        Ronny Altaha is a direct descendant of Chief Alchesay. He lives on the reservation at Whiteriver and is currently preparing for his high school equivalency exams.

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