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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Photography of Matika Wilbur ~ 562 A Photo Project Documenting Native America, and beyond ...

Matika Wilbur website of photo marvels and novels
Wilbur's honest, emotionally complex photographs provide a means of reconciling, reckoning, and continually revising this question. Wilbur's work contends with how Native peoples shape a sense of identity in the face of cultural dualities; how a hybrid sense of identity that honors one's cultural heritage and connects to contemporary, pop culture.

"I constantly question how do I as a young Tribal person fit into society. A society of capitalism, materialism, and stimulus packages ... yet at the same time honor the ways of my ancestors?"

TED Talk 2014: "Changing the way we see Native Americans"

TED Talk 2013: "Surviving Disappearance, Re-Imagining and Humanizing Native Peoples"

Project 562 in The Media
Video of her 2014 Kickstarter fund raising for her new book "Project 562" - A photo project documenting Native America. Phase 2 crowd funding campaign ends Feb 20, 2014.

NBC : Native American Travels Across U.S. Photographing Citizens of Tribal Nations

Seattle's Stranger : Shooting and Capturing: Matika Wilbur's Fierce Fight Against A Hundred Years of Native American Photography

Fusion : You've Never Seen Native America Like This

Indian Country Today : Photographer Matika Wilbur's Three Year, 562 Tribe Adventure

Matika Wilbur is a member of the Tulalip tribe. She was raised on the Swinomish Indian Reservation in Washington State, graduated from LA Conner high school, studied photography at the Rockey Mountain School of Photography in Montana and the Brooks Institute of Photography in California, She has exhibited extensively in region, national, and international venues such as the Royal British Columbian Museum of Fine Arts, the Nantes Museum of Fine Arts in France, the Seattle Art Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and the Kittredge Gallery at the University of Puget Sound.