Celebrating our Matriarchs

This virtual exhibition is part of our collaborative Community Photo Project tied to Matika Wilbur’s exhibition Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women.

We all know women who have inspired and influenced us, taught us, raised and cared for us, mentored and encouraged us to become better people. From the past to our shared present, matriarchal figures have an enduring importance. 

As part of the project, we invited community members to share a photo of a matriarch important to them. Submissions were accepted during March and are now displayed below. We’re excited to share these photographs with you, along with words from the photographers. 

Do you see your photo and would like to add more information? Contact us at info@whatcommuseum.org.

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Female identified person with a black shirt and a white and blue skirt wearing a woven headband and standing near a body of water

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