David W. May American Indian Gallery


Portrait of Quechuan tribe member by Matika Wilbur

Matika Wilbur: Project 562

Natural Wanderment: Stewardship. Sovereignty. Sacredness.

On View:

9 November 2018 - 3 May 2019
David W. May American Indian Gallery

A member of the Swinomish and Tulalip tribes (Washington), Matika Wilbur has been photographing contemporary Native Americans as part of an epic documentary undertaking that she has named Project 562.  When completed,Project 562will include representations of members of all 562, and more, federally recognized, sovereign tribes throughout today’s United States.  Since 2012, Wilbur has been traveling throughout the country in an RV, called “Big Girl”, recording the voices and faces of indigenous peoples.  Her photography aims to respect, humanize and resist the idea of “vanishing races” that has pervaded historical narratives surrounding Native American portraiture since the late-19thcentury. The May Gallery presentation includes more than a dozen of Wilbur’s recent works from Project 562, concentrating on portraits she has been making of individuals in the Southwest.  Wilbur has also agreed to deliver the Third Annual May Distinguished Lecture in Native American Culture at USD in May 2019.

Image: Ila May Dunsweiler, Quechan Tribe © Matika Wilbur 2018


Gallery Hours:

Tuesday - Thursday
1:00pm - 4:00pm


Related Events

David W. May Distinguished Lecture

Matika Wilbur, Artist and Founder, Project 562

Wednesday, March 20th

5:00 – 6:00pm

Humanities Center, Serra Hall 200

Reception to follow in the May Gallery, Serra Hall 214