NAVAJO NATION (KRQE) – A Navajo woman has become a viral sensation, showcasing her skateboarding skills on the reservation. Naiomi Glasses hopes, with her growing platform, that a new skate park can be built and will inspire others to pursue their passions.
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The 24-year-old is from Rock Point, Arizona, a chapter of the Navajo Nation. She has gained tens of thousands of followers over the year on social media who can’t get enough of her skateboarding. “I would see these sandstones and I was like ‘I wonder if I could skate that,’” said Glasses. “So then one day I was just like ‘you know what, let me just try it, if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.'”
She learned how to skate when she was just five years old from her older brother and hasn’t gotten off the board since. “I’m not a professional at all, by any means, I just like to ride around,” said Glasses. “But it’s very freeing for me.”
She said skateboarding is very popular within the Navajo Nation, despite the lack of pavement and just five skate parks throughout. Because of this, she said she is teaming up with a Navajo-inspired clothing company that’s planning on building a new skate park in “Two Grey Hills” which is just two hours away from Glasses’ community. “I love skateboarding so much and I would just love to bring that joy and love of it to other communities,” said Glasses.
She hopes with her newly-discovered platform she can properly represent and share the Indigenous culture with the world and show young Navajo children that they can do anything while living on the reservation. “T’áá hwó’ ají t’éego t’eya.” “Life is what you make it,” go out there and be strong, be bold and be confident. Be true to who you are,” said Glasses.
The skate park project is expected to start construction this fall.