Douglas Miles' "APACHE X" Is the Best Show in a While for Phoenix's MonOrchid

Douglas Miles doesn't need your praise.

The artist, who's affiliated with the Apache and Akimel O'odham tribes and hails from the San Carlos Apache reservation just east of Globe, seeks to reinvent contemporary Native American iconography, challenging mainstream imagery associated with the native experience. It's no small feat, to be sure. But as much as his art has the power to shift outside perspectives of native culture, he works first and foremost from a desire to empower native peoples. In 2002, Miles founded Apache Skateboards, where he builds and designs skate gear, with a similar goal in mind: to inspire local youth on the reservation.

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Katrina Montgomery