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Wounded Knee April 12, 2010

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By Jun  Hui Im

Wounded Knee is a Native American skateboard manufacturing company which uses skateboard graphics , and propaganda like images to show pride and purpose in Native American culture.


(above) Some of Wounded Knee’s skateboard graphics based on Native American beliefs and icons.

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Wounded Knee is also displayed in Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America exhibition, located in the  located in the New York City National Museum of the American Indian ( One Bowling Green NY) , which I recently visited. It is next to many other Native American skateboarding groups that are similar in purpose and have a modern, graphic-Pop art style. Wounded Knee also have many propaganda posters such as the one below in remembrance of important Native American figures that have greatly contributed to our country.

 (above) This is only one of the many pieces Wounded Knee has of important Native figures. Ira Hayes, a Pima Native American was one of the five   flag raisers at Iwo Jima during world war two.
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Wounded Knee Statement:
“Either through the medium of skateboarding or in the pursuit of knowledge, we feel that it is important for our purpose to be understood. We are not here to solely make skateboards, but to remind our country of those whose land we now reside. There are many things in the world that are not recognized or fully understood, and we feel we owe our attention to those outside the mainstream. In its brief history, skateboarding has been greeted with skepticism and labeled as an outcast form of youth rebellion. In Reality, skateboarding is freedom of expression and a break from the normalities of society that many get sucked into. So, we invite you to continue this form of resistance and learn more about what is going around you.”

For more information about Wounded Knee Skateboard Manufacturing and Propaganda visit their website: http://www.woundedkneeskateboards.net/