SAN CARLOS APACHE-AKIMEL O’ODHAM PAINTER, PHOTOGRAPHER DOUGLAS MILES BORN
Miles, born in Phoenix & raised on the San Carlos Reservation, attended Bostrom Alternative High School (1978-80) where he created street art. Corollaries between his son’s skateboarding practice & Apache warrior tradition– concentration, stamina & pain tolerance—led him, in 2002, to start Apache Skateboards (AS). AS gives & holds skateboarding demonstrations, contests, and concerts. In 2008, he & AS produced a documentary, Walk Like a Warrior: The Apache Skateboards Story and, in 2019, were featured in a National Geographic documentary, The Mystery of Now. In 2008, AS & iPath Footwear created the I-PACHE line of sneakers. Awards: Santa Fe Indian Market, 1st Place, Mixed Media; and Heard Museum Indian Art Market, Best of Painting (both 2003). He & Pueblo potter Susan Folwell created the “Blood and Dirt” pottery collection. Miles’ & AS’s art is in: National Museum of the American Indian; Montclair Art, Eiteljorg & IAIA Museums; Warner Brothers Studios; and in several private collections.
Sources: Douglas Miles Web Page. Retrieved 9/30/2022, Douglas Miles – Douglas Miles Wikipedia Photo: Uyvsdi, 2008. Public Domain.