Each year, the All Nations Skate Project produces the "All Nations Skate Jam" (ANSJ), the largest and most prestigious skateboard competition for Native youth. ANSJ brings together Native-American skate companies, youth groups, non-profit organizations, skaters, musicians, dancers, artists, filmmakers, traditional craft vendors, contemporary artisans, and many others in a two-day festival and skate competition. The goal of the ANSJ is to give the reservation, pueblo, urban, and suburban Native youth a central gathering place to meet and celebrate their diverse Native cultures while competing in skateboarding.
To that end, Vans teams up with New Mexico non-profit Nibwaakaawin and Pendleton Woolen Mills to create limited editions sneakers for this event. This year's collection consists of two pair of Old Skools and Slip Ons . All pairs feature unique weaves from Pendleton implemented into their design.
The 2016 collection from Nibwaakaawin x Pendleton x Vans is available for preorder now from NativeSkates on eBay. Be sure to check out the Skate Jam on April 30th if you are able to make it.