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22 Portraits Of Indigenous Native Americans Across The United States

Photographer Matika Wilbur has visited 184 Tribal Nations across the United States, capturing portraits and collecting extraordinary stories in Project 562, a contemporary representation of Native Americans.

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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.

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.

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