Duncan Family Hoop Dancers

 Talon and Sky Duncan, photographed in Phoenix Arizona. Talon and Sky are Apache, Arikara, Mandan and Hidatsa world champion hoop dancers. Check out our recently released Project 562 Road Story featuring Sky and Talon:   I loved having the opportunity to meet the Duncan family. I have so much respect for their  commitment to preserving culture through family dance.

Project 562 Visits Quechan

On January 18th 2014, Project 562 joined Quechan leaders and elders in prayerful opposition to the Ocotillo Wind Express Facility, responsible for the desecration of Ocotillo's Sacred Desert. We made a video about it, have a look:  Vernon Smith, Quechan Tribal Member Ila May Dunsweiler, Quechan Language Instructor Preston Arroweed, Quechan/Kumni Tribal Member

Here We Come Big Apple!

MATIKA will be a TED TALKER in New York CityI will be offering an TEDx talk in NYC dedicated to the topic, "Agents of Change" on Friday, March 28, 2014 sometime between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT), New York, NY. (I'll let you know when I know a time.) To learn more, please visit: http://www.tedxteacherscollege.com/#!2014/c1i1sThe best part is that the tickets are free! Hooray! You can get them here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tedxteacherscollege-2014-tickets-10358670061?aff=es2&rank=1&sid=b1958bca9cc711e3846c22000ae901a9#While we are visiting New York, we would like reach out to the local tribal communities and do some Project 562 photo-shooting. Here is the list of tribes ...

Final Hours of Kickstarter

Project 562 is currently accepting donations on Kickstarter until February 20 at 10PM (PST) here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matika/project-562-changing-the-way-we-see-native-americaThank you so much for all of your support!

Feeling Inspired By These Inspiring Natives

The best part about my work is having the opportunity to seek positivity and share that experience with you. I have made a conscious choice to showcase the beauty and positivity of Indian Country. Why? Because I believe that we are the manifestation of our ancestors’ prayers: We survived genocide. We survived relocation.We refuse termination. And we are doing our best to move beyond assimilation and the pressures of extinction.Each new generation takes on the responsibility of carrying forward the work of our ancestors past. We make a choice: Will we forget where we came from? Or will we do our best to protect our sovereignty and elevate our Tribal Nations? I know that ...

Join us This Sunday, February 16 at 2pm

Please Join us this Sunday February 16, at 2PM at The Tacoma Art Museum for a Project 562 Kickstarter Celebration as we wrap up the final days of Project 562's Kickstarter campaign. Hear stories from the road, learn where we're headed next, meet Bethany Yellowtail and support our historic undertaking. I hope to see you there! For more info, please visit:  http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/Page.aspx?nid=513

Project 562's Phase Two Fundraising Campaign

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Talked Story in Hawai'i

Tualip Heritage High School Project 562 visited the beautiful islands of Hawai'i, her breathtaking landscapes and sparkly ocean overwhelmed our senses and left us feeling rejuvinated...   We were especially honored to "talk story" with several Native Hawaiians, who generously shared with Project 562: Josh Mori, Kaua'i, Hawai'i, October, 2013 Josh has a Masters degree in Native American studies from Montana State University and he is the founder of two incredible non-profits: Na Lawai'a Pono, an enriching cultural exchange program between Native Hawaiian Youth and Native American's from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana; as well as Pakahi Academy, which trains ...

Project 562 Road Stories: Tulalip Family Weavers

Project 562 Road Stories: N'Kwusm Salish Emersion School