Project 562 is a multi-year national photography project dedicated to photographing over 562 federally-recognized tribes in The United States in an effort to create an unprecedented repository of imagery and oral histories that accurately portrays contemporary Native Americans. This creative, consciousness-shifting work will be widely distributed through national curricula, artistic publications, exhibitions, and online portals.


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Matika has visited members of over 300 sovereign nations throughout 40 states, from Tlingit’s in Alaska to the Pima’ in Arizona, Pomo’s in California to Wampanoag’s on Cape Cod. Through her lens, we are able to see the diversity, vibrancy and realness of Indian Country, and in seeing, challenge and surpass stereotypical representations and refresh the national conversation about contemporary Native America.