30 Sep 2019

Project 562 Presentation On Campus Oct. 03


This week we have an upcoming county-wide (or largely county-wide) event that will occur on October 3, 4 and 5, specifically, a photography presentation by Matika Wilbur, of the Tulalip and Swinomish Tribes, entitled Changing the Way We See Native America.  She is in the middle of a years-long project (entitled Project 562) in which she is photographing all 562 (and growing) registered tribes in our country.


Northwest Indian College, Friends of the Deming Library, the Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Ferndale Library have arranged this remarkable presentation.  Funding has come from WECU, the Lummi Nation, the Norcliffe Foundation, Sea Wolf Bakery, the NW Indian College, and the Deming Friends. Matika has taken gorgeous and compelling photographs of over 300 Native People to date. Lummi and Nooksack people have been included in her portfolio. You can see more of her work here at her site.  The whole enterprise kicks off on Oct. 3 at 1 pm (lunch at noon) at the NW Indian College, then the same day at 6:30 pm at the Ferndale Library, followed by another 6:30 pm event at the Nooksack Tribe’s community center on Oct 4 and then a finale at the Deming Library on Oct 5 at 6:30 pm.  No cost, open to all at all venues.  Come once, come 4 times.

Pulled from Elle magazine:

“At the time, Wilbur was also teaching photography at the Tulalip heritage school and at Northwest Indian College. While building curriculum for class, she discovered a serious lack of images of Native Americans taken by Native Americans. That void inspired her to launch Project 562, a Kickstarter-funded pursuit to photograph every federally recognized Native American tribe. The ambitious project’s name came from the number of then-recognized tribes. It has since risen to 573, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior.”

Specific locations are addressed on the event poster.  Please consider coming, bringing a friend or family member and alerting others to this truly remarkable presentation.


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