Native American Heritage Month Spotlight Matika Wilbur


Matika Wilbur is a visual storyteller from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington. Her work focuses on the true essence and beauty of contemporary indigenous communities.

Matika worked with the youth of her community and encouraging them to explore their creative side. It was during this time that Matika found that “The representation of First Peoples in traditional curricula and the media as “leathered and feathered”, dying races undermined her students’ sense of identity and potential”.

Thus began Project 562’s mission to photograph and collect stories of Native Americans from each federally-recognized Indian tribe in the United States to create comprehensive visual curricula and publications representing contemporary Native America. This creative, consciousness-shifting work will be widely distributed through national curricula, artistic publications, exhibitions, and online portals.

You can find more about Project 562 here

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