How one artist is using photos to dispel the myths about Native Americans.

As we celebrate the supposed historical unity among Native American tribes and European settlers each Thanksgiving, we often forget that story’s dark side: exclusion, racism, even genocide. In Project 562 (named after the 562 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States), photographer Matika Wilbur — a Native American herself — seeks to dispel the stereotypes surrounding European oppression of Native Americans and to reclaim Native American identity through portraiture. Wilbur’s photos reveal the true resilience and diversity of today’s Native Americans:

Modern Native Americans Swimming
Modern Native Americans Hands
Modern Native Americans Pageant
Modern Native Americans Red Elk
Shattering Stereotypes: This Is What Native Americans Really Look Like Today
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All images courtesy of Wilbur's Facebook page.

Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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