A 24-year-old girl from the Navajo Nation not too long ago went viral on social media after she posted a video of her skateboarding within the desert.
Naiomi Glasses has been skateboarding since she was 5 years previous. She stated it helped her cope with among the bullies she confronted as a child due to her bilateral cleft lip and palate.
“Skateboarding turned a spot to flee and be myself and be utterly free,” she stated.
Glasses grew up skating in skateparks within the Valley. Her household moved again to the reservation when she was 12.
“That is once I realized there is a lack of skateparks,” she stated.
She stated the closest park to her is an hour away.
Just a few months in the past, she determined to strive skating on the sleek sandstone close to her home. She posted a video of it on TikTok and it is gotten 1.8 million views.
“I really feel like every little thing like that has occurred in 2020 has simply been a blur and even now in 2021, I am like whoa, that is insane. This is not occurring, is it?” stated Glasses.
Teen Vogue even did an article on her, highlighting her efforts to deliver extra skateparks to the Navajo Nation.
“At the least with skateboarding, if you do not have a staff, you are able to do it by yourself and I really feel that may assist so many youngsters tremendously,” stated Glasses.
She’s partnered with a bunch to deliver extra parks to the reservation, at present working to get one to Two Gray Hills in New Mexico.
Glasses loves skateboarding, however she stated at first, she’s a weaver.
“I simply [fell] utterly in love with it, and it is develop into a profession for me,” she stated.
She makes purses, saddle blankets and rugs with brilliant, colourful patterns.
Lots of the supplies used come from the desert.
“The white is a pure sheep shade and the purple comes from cochineal,” she stated.
Glasses is hoping by way of her work, and with a rising viewers on her social media accounts, she will be able to share the Navajo tradition with the world.
“Most significantly, it is to coach individuals that you just know–as Native Individuals, we’re nonetheless right here and our cultures proceed and we’re thriving,” stated Glasses.
Glasses does promote her weaving work on-line. She accepts customized requests as nicely.