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.
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."