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Matika Wilbur          

Native American Photographer

Matika Wilbur is from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes. She is the founder and photographer of Project 562 with a mission to Change The way We see Native America. Since Project 562’s genesis in 2011 Wilbur has journeyed 400,000 miles to create images of Native Americans from more than 500 sovereign nations, visiting and photographing Indigenous folks from all 50 states. The result is an unprecedented repository of images and oral histories that accurately portrays contemporary Native Americans. She currently co-hosts the popular podcast All My Relations, which invites guests to explore the connections between land, creatural relatives, and one another.

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All My Relations: Exploring Indigenous Relationality in the 21st Century

Seeds of Culture: Portraits and Stories of Native American Women

Changing the Way We See Native America

This presentation will providing remarkable insights into contemporary Native American life, driving the conversation forward to encourage U.S. citizens to evolve beyond the appropriation and neglect of indigenous images and traditions through a new model of awareness, with honest photographic representation and direct narratives of America's first people. Wilbur says, "I believe the viewers will experience great understanding and connection with these remarkable people, just as they have enlightened and inspired me. By exposing the astonishing variety of the Indian presence and reality, we will build cultural bridges, abandon stereotypes, and renew and inspire our national legacy.”

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