Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) is one of the nation’s leading photographers, based in the Pacific Northwest.
She earned her BFA from Brooks Institute of Photography where she double majored in Advertising and Digital Imaging and is a certified teacher. Before focusing on photography as a tool for social justice, Matika received her teaching certification and taught in primary education at The Tulalip Tribe tribal school for 5 years. There, she experienced firsthand the lack of educational resources to teach indigenous intelligence and dismayed that the curriculum being taught did not provide Native youths with positive imagery and understanding. This work inspired Project 562.
Project 562 is Matika’s fourth major creative project elevating featuring Native American identity and culture.