Seven Christmas Gifts I Cannot Live Without (Of Course They're Native)
12/09/2014

 1. B. Yellowtail's Apsaalooke Nights Sequin DressSparkle is essential for every party this holiday season. It goes on sale on December 16th (B.Yellowtail's Birthday); like her facebook page to get a special invite to her release party https://www.facebook.com/byellowtaildesigns. 2. Anything Beyond BucksckinBeyond Buckskin is my one stop shop for everything fabulous this year. The mission of the Beyond Buckskin Boutique is "to create a substantial movement of Native American representation in the fashion industry and to bring greater recognition to Native-made fashion. We are creating a much-needed platform where emerging and established artists can bring their work ...

5 Positive Representations of Native Americans
11/13/2014

As promised, I will be posting an image a day (on my facebook page) for Native American Heritage Month, an effort to reshape the way our collective consciousness imagines Native Americans. Here are five positive representations for you to consider...  “I do not drink. I do not do drugs. It’s part of my way of life I guess. My own personal beliefs. I’ve seen the affects of drugs and alcohol on my own reservation. Surrounding me in my community. And I just don’t want to live life like that. I guess I tried it out when I was in high school, but nothing good ever came from that. With the help and guidance of my parents and family, I came to my own realization ...

4 Days of Imagery
11/05/2014

"The hopes and dreams for my family and other families here is to someday have a community that is following the traditional values of the Grosvantre and Assiniboine nations. Especially our family code that drives on customary traditional values of the tribes so that we can have wellness within our community. If you have a healthy mind, you need to have a healthy physical lifestyle as well."-Tracy “Ching” King, President of Fort Belknap “Every word we speak; every song we sing; the songs which we subject ourselves to, whether in the womb, or as an elder, these songs affect us in very powerful and meaning ways. They can actually help to destroy us or they can help to ...

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
11/01/2014

 Dear Project 562 Friends,Today marks the beginning of Native American Heritage Month, as well as the anniversary mark of my third year and over 120,000 on the road.  I am honored to announce that for each day in the month of November, Project 562 will be sharing and celebrating some of the collected portrait narratives from the last two years on the road. This celebration of images and words places native stories in an intentional and positive space - one that affirms and honors our narratives and welcomes a re-visioning of our communities.We would like to invite you to engage with these stories by subscribing to the Project 562 blog, or by following us on facebook ...

Duncan Family Hoop Dancers
05/01/2014

 Talon and Sky Duncan, photographed in Phoenix Arizona. Talon and Sky are Apache, Arikara, Mandan and Hidatsa world champion hoop dancers. Check out our recently released Project 562 Road Story featuring Sky and Talon:   I loved having the opportunity to meet the Duncan family. I have so much respect for their  commitment to preserving culture through family dance.

Project 562 Visits Quechan
03/25/2014

On January 18th 2014, Project 562 joined Quechan leaders and elders in prayerful opposition to the Ocotillo Wind Express Facility, responsible for the desecration of Ocotillo's Sacred Desert. We made a video about it, have a look:  Vernon Smith, Quechan Tribal Member Ila May Dunsweiler, Quechan Language Instructor Preston Arroweed, Quechan/Kumni Tribal Member

Here We Come Big Apple!
02/27/2014

MATIKA will be a TED TALKER in New York CityI will be offering an TEDx talk in NYC dedicated to the topic, "Agents of Change" on Friday, March 28, 2014 sometime between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT), New York, NY. (I'll let you know when I know a time.) To learn more, please visit: http://www.tedxteacherscollege.com/#!2014/c1i1sThe best part is that the tickets are free! Hooray! You can get them here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tedxteacherscollege-2014-tickets-10358670061?aff=es2&rank=1&sid=b1958bca9cc711e3846c22000ae901a9#While we are visiting New York, we would like reach out to the local tribal communities and do some Project 562 photo-shooting. Here is the list of tribes ...

Final Hours of Kickstarter
02/19/2014

Project 562 is currently accepting donations on Kickstarter until February 20 at 10PM (PST) here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matika/project-562-changing-the-way-we-see-native-americaThank you so much for all of your support!

Feeling Inspired By These Inspiring Natives
02/14/2014

The best part about my work is having the opportunity to seek positivity and share that experience with you. I have made a conscious choice to showcase the beauty and positivity of Indian Country. Why? Because I believe that we are the manifestation of our ancestors’ prayers: We survived genocide. We survived relocation.We refuse termination. And we are doing our best to move beyond assimilation and the pressures of extinction.Each new generation takes on the responsibility of carrying forward the work of our ancestors past. We make a choice: Will we forget where we came from? Or will we do our best to protect our sovereignty and elevate our Tribal Nations? I know that ...

Join us This Sunday, February 16 at 2pm
02/13/2014

Please Join us this Sunday February 16, at 2PM at The Tacoma Art Museum for a Project 562 Kickstarter Celebration as we wrap up the final days of Project 562's Kickstarter campaign. Hear stories from the road, learn where we're headed next, meet Bethany Yellowtail and support our historic undertaking. I hope to see you there! For more info, please visit:  http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/Page.aspx?nid=513