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Photographer/activist Matika Wilbur to speak January 26

Project 562 seeks to photograph citizens of all Native Nations in the U.S.
A Native woman wearing traditional Native clothing holds a large feather in the hair. She is standing on the side of a mountain or hill.

EVANSTON - Swinomish and Tulalip photographer Matika Wilbur will share “19 Lessons from Indian Roads,” reflecting on Project 562, her ongoing effort to photograph citizens of every federally-recognized Native Nation in the United States – now more than 500.

Wilbur will speak from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, about Project 562 at Northwestern University’s McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive on the Evanston campus.

The photographer and social activist has collected exquisite portraits and narratives from more than 300 tribes.

“Matika Wilbur is one of the many strong women leaders who is reteaching us the history of our country so we create a more inclusive country moving forward,” said Alecia Rene Wartowski, director of programs at the Northwestern Women’s Center. 

After hearing Wilbur speak at the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity last spring, Wartowski worked to bring Wilbur to Northwestern. 

Wilbur’s project unfolds the living history of North America’s ancient peoples from Alaska to the Southwest and Louisiana to upper Maine. She has been acquiring the portraits and narratives over the last three years and 250,000 miles. A sampling of the portraits will be on display during Wilbur’s talk. 

“19 Lessons from Indian Roads” is co-hosted by Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Women’s Center and Native American and Indigenous Peoples Steering Group.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are appreciated. 

More information about Project 562 is available on the artist’s website.