Photo of Matika and Alma Wilbur taken by Lino Manansala. Courtesy of Matika Wilbur.
Melding powerful storytelling with video, photography, and song, Matika Wilbur (Tulalip and Swinomish), will expand on her experiences photographing Native American women from across the hundreds of sovereign Nations she has visited for nearly a decade at this free, in-person presentation.
The event takes place June 3, 2021, 7 – 8:30pm at Mount Baker Theatre, following Covid-19 safety guidelines developed specifically for the theatre industry, including distanced seating, increased ventilation, distancing markers, and face coverings.
Tickets to the in-person event at Mount Baker Theatre are sold out! Register to see the livestream of the event, which will air on the Whatcom Museum’s YouTube channel.
This presentation is the signature event of the Whatcom Museum-hosted exhibition Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women by Matika Wilbur on display through June 13, 2021 at the Lightcatcher building, and is co-promoted by Whatcom Community College. Wilbur’s talk will give context and background to some of the 28 photographs of Native American women featured in the exhibition.
Wilbur is the only photographer to be welcomed into more than 500 Native American sovereign Nations in the United States. For the past nine years, she has collaborated with scores of tribes to share the images and truths of Native peoples through Project 562. In Seeds of Culture, Wilbur has curated striking photographs of Native women from among the thousands of portraits she has taken in recent years for the project.
Through her talk, Wilbur will touch on specific lived experiences shared by the women who have sat for her portraits. These include reflections on conversations with Dr. Mary Jiron Belgarde LoRe (Pueblo of Isleta and Ohkay Owingeh), who has committed her life to “stop[ping] the assimilation process” produced by colonial education systems, and Dana Eldridge, Dine’ (Navajo), a young anti-fracking protester and Navajo Walker, among many more.
This community presentation is made possible with support from Art Bridges, a private arts foundation dedicated to expanding access to American art across the country. The exhibition is presented by the Lhaq’temish Foundation, Lummi Nation, with additional support from Jean Andresen, Rafeeka & Neal Kloke, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whatcom Museum Foundation, the City of Bellingham and Grantmakers for Girls of Color.