About this project
My name is Matika Wilbur, I am from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribe, and I'm a photographer.
My goal is to unveil the true essence of contemporary Native issues, the beauty of Native culture, the magnitude of tradition, and expose her vitality. Did you know that there are 562* Federally recognized Tribal Nations in the United States? My goal is to create a publication and exhibition representing Native people from every tribe. But really, the ultimate goal is education. If you support our kickstarter, then together we can move a step closer toward abolishing negative stereotypes, honoring tradition, and leaving legacy.
On The Road
Starting in December of 2012, I will be hitting the road, … I will begin in Washington State, and work my way South through Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, until I have visited all 52 states, all 562 Federally Recognized Tribes in this nation. I will travel in my RV, fully equipped with a photographic studio, darkroom and sleeping quarters.
With Your Support...
If I have the honor of receiving your donation, I will use your funds for travel expenses, for film and dark-room supplies; and for website development. Every contribution is deeply appreciated, even if it’s only a few dollars— that few dollars may get us another gallon of gas, which will get us a few miles closer to the next tribe. So Thank-you for your time, and for your generosity; I am so grateful that you had a look!
Kickstarter is an all or nothing kind of gal.... either you raise all of your goal, and you get to receive your pledges, or you don't reach your goal, and you don't get anything....
Wilbur's honest, emotionally complex photographs provide a means of reconciling, reckoning, and continually revisiting this question.
Risks and challenges
There are several potential challenges with a project of this nature; our main concern is the amount of ground that we actually have to cover in the time frame. We have 1,095 days to complete this project; which means we need to visit about four different tribes per week to finish shooting by August of 2015. We also plan on visiting several potlatches, pow-wow's and gatherings to exponentiate our numbers. 562 is broken down into four phases:
Phase 1: Pre-Production (current stage)
1) Gain Support of Tribal Communities, Educators and Museums
• I am currently creating a $15,000 proposal for Tulalip’s Charitable Contribution Fund, and will submit in the month of November.
• I have gained the support of The Seattle Art Museum, The Burke Museum of Natural History and The Tacoma Art Museum; with tentative exhibit dates in the year of 2015.
3) Fund Raise $70,000 for Production Phase
•To date we have raised $16,000.
• We've also applied for the Native Arts and Culture Foundation grant, and intend to apply for the Potlatch Fund.
4) Plan Expedition and Reach out to Tribal Communities we plan to visit
• This is the most challenging of all, which is finding people to work with all over the United States and let them know we are coming.
Phase 2: Production, December of 2012 – August of 2014
1) Visit all 562 Tribes.
2) With gained momentum and material I will continue fundraising for the following years of travel.
Phase 3: Post-Production, Fall of 2015
1) Edit and Print Photographs
2) Create Curriculum
3) Develop Book
4) SEND MY SUPPORTERS THEIR REWARDS
5) Curate Exhibit
7) Create Marketing Materials
Phase 4: Final Stage- Exhibition
My intention is not to be exclusive... the number 562, is a "jumping off point", if you will. I do not plan on limiting myself exclusively to federally recognized tribes; for a variety of reasons -- adverse federal court decisions, the plenary power of Congress, being landless -- it is tougher for these un-recognized tribes which do not have the legal history of the "treaty tribes", and I am not a stranger to that struggle. However, most people don't know that there are 562 federally recognized tribes (which has changed to 566 in the last few years), and it has been my observation that the general stereo-type is that we haven't survived. And so, giving power to a number was important to me- even though finding an accurate number is difficult, given the ever changing political climate. It's so complex...
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