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Matika Wilbur Photographs America's Tribes

A Google image search of ‘Native Americans’ will reveal old photographs of warriors and Indians in regalia, but of course there’s much more to modern-day Native Americans than what is captured by those images. Photographer Matika Wilbur of the Swinomish and Tulalip tribes in Washington hopes to change that perception.

Project 562 is a journey around the country photographing every federally recognized tribe in the United States. The number 562 represents the number of tribes at the time Wilbur began her project — a number which has since grown to 566.

Wilbur has photographed nearly 200 tribes to date, and is currently showing her work at the Tacoma Art Museum. She is in Portland to speak at the Our Native American Business Network conference at Lewis & Clark college.

What do you think of her images? What would you like to ask her?


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