In my somewhat-sporadic Sepia Saturday posts,
I’ve sometimes featured images of Native Americans
by Edward S. Curtis, taken a century ago.
|Edward S. Curtis Photograph of Si Wa Wata Wa, Zuni tribe - |
from the Edward S. Curtis Collection, Library of Congress
He was funded by J.P. Morgan, a wealthy industrialist,
to photograph indigenous peoples before
their way of life was lost forever.
|Photograph of Buffalo Dancers - from the Edward S. Curtis Collection, Library of Congress|
Now, a young photographer named Matika Wilbur,
a member of the Swinomish and Tulalip tribes
|Hand-tinted Matika Wilbur image from her website|
of coastal Washington, is setting off
on a 3-year venture to create images of tribal peoples
from each of the 564 federally-enrolled tribes.
Her work is superb and explores the poignant topic
of what it means to be “Indian.”
Unlike Curtis, she doesn't have a wealthy industrialist bankrolling her.
She's cobbling together moneys from individual donors and various grants.
I helped her reach her seed money goal on Kickstarter,
But if you’re interested in helping her realize her vision,
Please visit her website and contact her.