Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America by Matika Wilbur 6/1- 3pm @Twenty Summers

Join East end Books Ptown @ Twenty Summers for Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America by Matika Wilbur 6/1- 3pm. This event is at Hawthorne Barn - 29 Miller Hill Road.

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"Project 562" Matika Wilbur Artist Talk

Over 10 years ago Matika Wilbur began to develop a monumental aspiration that has led to her work today: to help develop a body of imagery and cultural representations of Native Peoples to counteract the relentlessly insipid, one-dimensional stereotypes circulating in mainstream media, historical textbooks and the culture industry. To create positive indigenous role models to do justice to the richness and diversity and lived experiences of Indian Country. 

In 2012 Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment and created Project 562 which reflects her commitment to visit, engage and photograph all 562 plus Native American sovereign territories in the United States. 

Matika Wilbur photographed Dr. Henrietta Mann, who is enrolled with the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes. Mann is an emeritus professor at Montana State University. (Matika Wilbur)

This project has driven her to travel hundreds of thousands of miles, many in her RV the “Big Girl” but also by horseback through the Grand Canyon, by train, plane, and boat and on foot across all 50 states. 

She reflects a remarkable way of being an artist in the contemporary world. The photographs that Matika takes reflect her consummate craftsmanship. Beautiful black and white images that selectively incorporate color and showcase their subjects in vital mutualism with the lands on which they live and which they steward. 

But her virtuoso technique is only one aspect of the social and cultural meaning of the works. They are one product of her dynamic engagement with Native communities in which she takes the time to understand the stories and histories of particular tribes. Each particular tribe and each individual and experience which shapes entirely the way the portrait comes to be. From this lecture, the audience has the opportunity to “journey”.


Matika Wilbur was raised in the Swinomish tribal community, and she is enrolled in the Tulalip Tribe, where she currently lives with her husband and baby. She integrates fine art and social justice as a long-form photo documentarian, writer, filmmaker, podcaster, and public speaker. She is the founder and photographer of Project 562, a documentary project dedicated to changing the way we see Native America.

After earning her BFA from Brooks Institute of Photography, Wilbur began her career in fashion and commercial photography in Los Angeles. But she quickly decided to instead use photography as a tool for social justice. Project 562 is Wilbur’s fourth major creative project elevating Native American identity and culture. Her first project captured portraits of Coast Salish elders for We Are One People (2004, Seattle Art Museum), then We Emerge (2008, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture), which featured Native people in contemporary urban and traditional settings, followed by Save the Indian and Kill the Man (2012, Tacoma Art Museum), which addressed the forced cultural assimilation of Native Peoples.

Through her lens, we are able to see the diversity, vibrancy and realness of Indian Country, and in seeing, challenge and surpass stereotypical representations and refresh the national conversation about contemporary Native America.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Event address: 
29 Miller Hill Road
Provincetown, MA 02657
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ISBN: 9781984859525
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 25th, 2023