Shattering Stereotypes: This Is What Native Americans Really Look Like Today

Published November 22, 2015
Updated September 18, 2019

As we celebrate the supposed historical unity among Native American tribes and European settlers each Thanksgiving, we often forget that story’s dark side: exclusion, racism, even genocide. In Project 562 (named after the 562 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States), photographer Matika Wilbur — a Native American herself — seeks to dispel the stereotypes surrounding European oppression of Native Americans and to reclaim Native American identity through portraiture. Wilbur’s photos reveal the true resilience and diversity of today’s Native Americans:

Modern Native Americans Swimming
Modern Native Americans Hands
Modern Native Americans Pageant
Modern Native Americans Red Elk
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All images courtesy of Wilbur's Facebook page.

Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several published book covers in her career as a graphic artist.