Project 562

I wanted to share this amazing book that my lovely and thoughtful stepmother sent me a week or so ago; it has the most beautiful pictures and the most inspiring, moving stories–I really encourage you to check it out!

The book is by Matika Wilbur, photographer and storyteller of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes. This is a description of the book: “A photographic and narrative celebration of contemporary Native American life and cultures, alongside an in-depth examination of issues that Native people face.” When she started the project, there were 562 federally recognized Native American Tribal Nations–hence the title. The book is the culmination of a decade-long journey across all 50 states, and it serves as a “love letter to Indigenous Americans,” who are photographed in clothing, poses and locations of their choosing, telling their own stories, as a way to “counteract the one-dimensional and archaic stereotypes of Native people in mainstream media and offer justice to the richness, diversity, and lived experiences of Indian Country.”

So, I want to share just a few of the portraits, with a bit of their story. If you want to see more, buy the book!

Quinna Hamby, Tuscarora; the red handprint pays homage to MMIW [missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls]
Isabella and Alyssa Klain, Diné
Brett Logan, Tonowanda Seneca Nation
Elsa Armstrong, Red Cliff Band Ojibwe [standing in front of Thorton Hall, Darthmouth College, which was originally intended to offer higher education for Indigenous students]
Robert Piper Jr., Paiute, Shoshone
Jamie Okuma, Shoshone-Bannock, Wailaki, Okinawan
Nancy Wilbur and her granddaugher, Alma Bee, Swinomish
J. Miko Thomas, Chickasaw [Two-Spirit]

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