Project 562: Traveling the Country Photographing Citizens of Tribal Nations

by Rachel Baker on December 3, 2013

This is the story of Matika Wilbur who is on a mission to unveil the true essence of contemporary Native issues, the beauty of Native culture, and the magnitude of tradition.

She sleeps on couches, dines with strangers and lives out of her car. Still, Matika Wilbur does it for the art and for the people.

Wilbur is Native American. Invariably strapped to her arm is a camera, and other than a few provisions and clothing, she owns little else. Last year she sold everything in her Seattle apartment, packed a few essentials into her car and then hit the road.

Since then, she’s been embarking on her most recent project, “Project 562.”

The plan is to photograph citizens of each federally recognized tribe, Wilbur said. Sometimes she’ll journey to an isolated reservation, other times she’ll meet some of the 70 percent of Native Americans living in urban settings. Yet she hopes that when her project is complete it will serve to educate the nation and “shift the collective conscious” toward recognizing its indigenous communities.

To date, Wilbur has photographed citizens of 159 tribes.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/23/21384252-native-american-travels-across-us-photographing-citizens-of-tribal-nations

Here is the photoblog site for Project 562:
http://matikawilbur.com/blog/

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