Teri and I recently “attended” this event presented by the High Desert Museum, located just south of here. How cool is it that we could be there, together, while in different corners of the US? The High Desert Museum features exhibits ranging through art, history, archeology, regional biota – all with a focus on local influences and events. Matika Wilbur’s photographs are currently exhibited, though the facility is still closed. We were so fortunate that we were able to ZOOM into her home for her previously scheduled presentation to accompany the exhibit.
Matika is a force of nature. She is a brilliant photographer and a fierce and compassionate advocate for indigenous rights and representation. Her Project 562 “is a multi-year national photography project dedicated to photographing over 562 federally recognized tribes in The United States resulting in an unprecedented repository of imagery and oral histories that accurately portrays contemporary Native Americans.” Her images are stunning and her passion and focus is palpable. The stories she shares will make you laugh and weep, will sometimes make you gasp. So grateful that we had the chance to “attend” this event.