Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America

Vendor: Cape Ann Museum Store

Sold Out
Unit Price
- +

By Matika Wilbur

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.

1.42" H x 10.08" L x 10.24" W (4.88 lbs) 416 pages

Published by Ten Speed Press Imprint of Penguin Random House

Project 562 will be sold along side of the Cape Ann Museum's 2024 exhibition 1st Peoples: Portraits of Dawnland, featuring portraiture and interviews by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) which offer authentic representation of contemporary Native people who reside in the area known today as New England.