Project 562 and Matika Wilbur

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Matika Wilbur, a member of the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes, had a dream: to travel the country visiting and photographing people from every federally recognized tribe in the US.   Thus, Project 562 was born.  Her goal is to portray contemporary Indians,  to reveal the complex variety of the Indian presence, and to “build cultural bridges, abandon stereotypes, and renew and inspire our national legacy.”

The portraits reflect the self-image of the subject.  “I asked people to wear what they liked to wear,” she says.  “They posed where they wanted to pose.  I let them choose.”

The link below is a story from NBC News with more information on her ambitious project.

Her photographic work is currently showing at the Tacoma Art Museum.   The exhibit is Photographic Presence and Contemporary Indians: Matika Wilbur’s Project 562.


3 thoughts on “Project 562 and Matika Wilbur

  1. Reblogged this on Travel Stained Moccasins and commented:
    A very interesting project concerning Native Americans and identity. Matika Wilbur was inspired by a dream, thus, Project 562 was born. Project 562 is an ongoing project to visit all of the federally recognized tribes. I am happy to see that the project will also branch out to the many non recognized tribes within the US. What does a contemporary Indian? How do we loose the stereotypes that so many use to label us?
    I myself have this issue when I travel. Many believe that a Native American should have their roots with their people. I’ve been told I should stay on my reservation and do things for my people instead of dream and flutter around.
    What Inspires You?


  2. Reblogged this on here and now… and commented:
    a very cool project…at first i was like whats with only federally recognized tribes, lumbee, Houma, Brotherton and the dozens of others arent PC enough to be included but in the article she said shes going to expand to non-fed tribes too…cool project all the way around

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