Matika Wilbur Is Launching Herself into Native America
by Jen Graves
on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Matika Wilbur—the Seattle photographer who's from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribe and whose work was recently at Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Pun(c)tuation—has less than $4,000 to raise in order to reach her $30,000 Kickstarter goal for a project called 562: Documenting all 562 tribes in the United States. It's a project that would make Edward Curtis blush (for multiple reasons).
She has until tomorrow to gather supporters, she's really close, and what a project.
It's official. I am preparing to launch myself into Native America—I leave in December for an epic photographic journey visiting all 562 Tribes in the United States; my goal is to unveil the true essence of contemporary Native issues, the beauty of Native culture, the magnitude of tradition, and expose her vitality. My goal is to create a publication and exhibition representing Native people from every tribe. But really, the ultimate goal is education—I want people to know that we survived.