Our Wounds Can Heal
05/03/2016
Our Wounds Can Heal

I often hear that on the Rez we need to create healing systems to recover from generations of displacement, oppression, and suffering.  We also need systems to withstand ongoing cycles of assault and degradation of all forms. This healing force, this light that disrupts abuse, even historical trauma itself, can enter us through the hugs and nurturing, guidance and protection of healthy, loving parents.  I encountered this undeniable power of family while meeting Miss Autumn and her parents, Norm and Bev Harry at the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Norm was the Tribal Chairman for several years.During his time as Chairman, he led his Paiute people in the negotiation for the ...

Exhibition Honoring Native Women Opening at Harvard
04/13/2016
Our Wounds Can Heal

I am incredibly excited to announce that I will be opening a new Project 562 exhibtion on my birthday this month, at Harvard University, and I’d love for you to celebrate with me! Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 5 PMKnafel Center, 10 Garden StreetRadcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA At the opening, I’ll give remarks, and a gathering will follow in the exhibition space with the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP), Radcliffe fellows, Harvard faculty and staff, and members of the arts community at Harvard and beyond.RSVP: ventures@radcliffe.harvard.edu or 617-384-6742 Here’s from the press about the ...

Our Students Deserve A Better Narrative
04/03/2016
Our Wounds Can Heal

 A few weeks ago I was invited into my longtime friend Miss. Ervanna Little-Eagle’s classroom to present Project 562's message with the delightful Native students of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Their beautiful smiling faces and extraordinary enthusiasm for Project 562 shook my soul and stretched my heart strings to new lengths. They actually made me feel like a photography rockstar… they had consumed all of Project 562's blog posts, photos, and films and they literally jumped up and down with glee when I walked into their classroom. It was adorable. They also reminded me why this work is sooooooo important, inspiring refreshed insights and realizations...I've ...

A Friendly & Wordy Project 562 Catch-Up
02/08/2016
Our Wounds Can Heal

I write to you from my window seat 35k feet above land aboard Alaska Airlines flight 355. I don't know why, but it's always easier to write to you from these seats.I'm heading to the Oakland airport, where I'll catch the Bart to UC Berkeley. Tomorrow morning I'll connect with students and encourage the paradigm shift we so desperately need. I'll discuss native identity with them, I'll share about my adventures and setbacks, and I'll encourage them to be brave, and maybe, hopefully, be inspired. That's the goal of tomorrow morning’s presentation. As of late, there have been so many presentations.  I gave a keynote at the National Indian Education Association, at a highly secretive ...

Reconsider Columbus. Honor Indigenous People's Day
10/12/2015
Our Wounds Can Heal

Our words carry medicine.  We use our words to pray for our children.  We use our words to heal.  We use our words to uplift and inspire. Our words, though, can carry poison as well.  Observing a holiday in honor of Christopher Columbus perpetuates and exploits ignorance. It hurts Native Americans by reinforcing our absence from our national consciousness and celebrating our genocide and it hurts non-Native’s by reinforcing the arrival of a European as a more impressive story than the indigenous story of survival, stewardship and sovereignty. We know that the “Columbus consciousness” has left a deep impression on us because we did a brief survey ...

NEW EXHIBITION: Natural Wanderment: Stewardship. Sovereignty. Sacredness.
10/11/2015
Our Wounds Can Heal

Please join us Friday, October 23, at 7pm at The Hibulb Cultural Center in Tulalip for a special opening celebration! There will be yummy food, traditional songs, and beautiful presentations from special guest speakers. Come celebrate Project 562's newest collection: "Natural Wanderment: Stewardship - Sovereignty - Sacredness", a collection of Project 562 portraits showcasing stories that honor the mother earth and protect ancestral ways of life.  Please RSVP info@project562.com, as space is limited.Peace and love,MatikaTulalip, Washington – The Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve is proud to present Matika Wilbur’s newest Project 562 collection: ...

Beyond Vacationland: the Native American Cape Cod Story
10/02/2015
Our Wounds Can Heal

Driving just a few hours south and east of Boston, the Project 562 war pony reached the storied shores of Cape Cod, the region of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, iconic in the American scene as an immensely beautiful, exclusive oceanic outpost of the rich and powerful. But the Cape, as it is known, is another place entirely when viewed through the lens of the history and reality of Turtle Island (the Native way of referencing North America). This stunning seaside expanse of elegant private estates comprises the ancestral lands of the Wampanoag people and this tribe is considered a “first contact nation” with whites in North America.   Tribal tribal ...

The Big O...
08/11/2015
Our Wounds Can Heal

Project 562 was featured in Oprah Magazine! We can’t tell you the joy and pride we felt to flip open the August issue of Oprah magazine see these beautiful photos looking back at us—and to think of the thousands and thousands of people that would be able to see our friends Jessica, Juanita, Josh, and more gracing the pages of the magazine gave us chills. We wanted to share with you the article that accompanied the photos, and provide more in-depth stories about each of the participants pictured in the magazine. Here is a photo of the layout in the magazine (the full article with photos can also be viewed online):  The text reads: Google "Asian ...

Project 562's Summer Update: Crisis and Faith in The Shimmering Waters
07/13/2015
Our Wounds Can Heal

Hello!So much has happened since my last report in January. The Project 562 "war pony" (actually a nimble and parkable Volkswagen Rialta RV: think of it as the ultimate rolling dorm room) has plied the wide lanes and byways of Interstate 10 across the southern U.S., welcomed into remarkable tribal communities such as The Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo in Texas, the Houma in Louisiana, and the Miccosukee and Seminole Tribes of Florida. I've gone on to head up the Atlantic seaboard, with amazing stops with the Choctaw and Eastern Band of Cherokee in North Carolina, and am currently in the Northeast preparing for an extensive trip to Tribal communities throughout New England and Canada. I want to ...