Project 562: Changing The Way We See Native America

Project 562: Changing The Way We See Native America,  has recently launched phase 2 of its vision to photograph Native peoples across Turtle Island.

Project 562: Changing The Way We See Native America, “creatively addresses and remedies historical inaccuracies, stereotypical representations, and the absence of Native American images and voices in mass media and the national consciousness.”

From Project 562 Kick Starter page:

Last December, I sold everything in my Seattle apartment, packed a few essentials into my war pony, and hit the open road. Since then, I’ve been embarking on an epic adventure: Project 562.

For the past year I have been fulfilling the project’s goal of photographing citizens of each federally recognized tribe in the United States (there are now 566). Most of the time, I’ve been invited to geographically remote reservations to take portraits and hear stories from a myriad of tribes, while at other times I’ve photographed members of the 70 percent of Native Americans living in urban settings. My hope, is that when the project is complete, it will serve to educate the nation and shift the collective consciousness toward recognizing our own indigenous communities.

Imagine walking through an exhibit and realizing the complex variety of contemporary Native America. Imagine experiencing a website or book, that offered insight into every Tribal Nation in the United States. What if you could download previously untold histories and stories from Apaches, Swinomish, Hualapai, Northern Cheyenne, Tlingit, Pomo, Lumbee, and other first peoples? What if you had heard those stories in grade school?

~Matika Wilbur: Project 562

Project 562 will collect photographic stories from citizens of every Tribe in the U.S., resulting in books, exhibitions and curricula.

To support Matika’s efforts go to:


Posted by: Matt Remle


3 thoughts on “Project 562: Changing The Way We See Native America

  1. I love your project bro, & I hope you can reach everyone on time. Maybe in phase 3 you can take pics of native people who have migrated to the United States from other parts of Turtle Island. The Yaqui & Kumeyaay territories are split by the federally recognized scar on our land. I also know Huicholes, Mayas, Zapotecas & Purepechas who live in California. You probably don’t have time this go around, but please consider this idea. Many Mexicans living in the United States have a higher blood quantum than some federally recognized natives. Good luck with your project & I look forward to checking it out.

  2. I help displaced urban indian students in reconnecting with their tribe buy reintroducing their tribal history language and their traditions. Ft. Worth ISD has 355 self identified American Indian students representing 56 tribal nations. Im have begun collecting language booklets for these 56 tribes. It is a challenge when i find that some tribes do not have language resources to assist me in this venture. I commend you on your venture may Creator keep you safe.

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