Project 562: Changing The Way We See Native America - reserve your book now

Project 562 will collect photographic stories from citizens of every Tribe in the U.S., resulting in books, exhibitions and curricula. 
Created  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 Tulalip Tribes. by Matika Wilbur

“This book is too important to miss. It is a vast, sprawling look at who we are as Indigenous people in these United States.”—Tommy Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho), author of There There

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.

"Relatives, after ten years on the road, IT’S HERE!!!!!I am so honored, humbled (and terrified) to finally share it with you! My forthcoming book, Project 562: Changing The Way We See Native America,  will be out on shelves on April 25, 2023. Can you believe it?  

Those of you that are meant to receive a copy will be receiving the week of April 25th. Please take a moment to update the survey I just sent you so we have your proper mailing address. If that's not you, you can pre-order a signed copy of the book here: 

 If you think you want a copy of the book, pre-ordering will make a huge difference in the life of the book. It helps it to make it onto best seller lists, and ensures a reprint.  I appreciate all of you that have already pre-ordered the book.  You could also opt to come to the Book Launch party to get a signed copy in person"  Matika Wilbur


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