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.