The only effort since the 1930s to photograph people from all Native American Tribal Nations, and the
only such endeavor by a Native artist: PROJECT 562 is a photographic and narrative celebration of
contemporary Native American life and cultures, alongside an in-depth examination of issues that
Native people face, by celebrated photographer and storyteller Matika Wilbur of the Swinomish and
In 2012, Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment and set out on a Kickstarter-funded
pursuit to visit, engage, and photograph people from what were then the 562 federally recognized
Native American Tribal Nations. Over the next decade, she traveled six hundred thousand miles across
fifty states—from Seminole country (now known as the Everglades) to Inuit territory (now known as the Bering Sea)—to meet, interview, and photograph hundreds of Indigenous people. The body of work Wilbur created serves to counteract the one-dimensional and archaic stereotypes of Native people in mainstream media and offers justice to the richness, diversity, and lived experiences of Indian Country. The culmination of this decade-long art and storytelling endeavor, Project 562 is a peerless, sweeping, and moving love letter to Indigenous Americans, containing hundreds of stunning portraits and compelling personal narratives of contemporary Native people—all photographed in clothing, poses, and locations of their choosing. Their narratives touch on personal and cultural identity as well as issues of media representation, sovereignty, faith, family, the protection of sacred sites, subsistence living, traditional knowledge-keeping, land stewardship, language preservation, advocacy, education, the arts, and more.
A vital contribution from an incomparable artist, Project 562 inspires, educates, and truly changes the
way we see Native America.
–Ten Speed Press