2. Matika’s personal mission is to photograph all 566 federally recognised tribes in America.
4. Matika is from the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes of Washington.
8. With a small Kickstarter budget, Matika drove over 60,000 miles in a nomadic pursuit to access Indian communities and capture images and stories that have never been shared before.
10. To date, Matika has shared her adventure at TEDx Seattle and the Tacoma Art Museum is featuring select images in a show in May 2014.
By exposing the astonishing variety of the Indian presence and reality at this juncture, we will build cultural bridges, abandon stereotypes, and renew and inspire our national legacy.
More than a century has passed since a similar photographic project has been carried out. In 1906, photographer Edward S. Curtis was commissioned by J.P. Morgan to capture the “disappearing” race. Curtis described his mission: “Respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost.”
16. Matika recently launched a second phase Kickstarter after her first successful crowd-funding effort, to raise funds to complete the project and photograph all 566 Tribal Nations of the United States.
All the work that I have done until this point has prepared me for this project.