Today is and in addition to sharing resources (below) about better understanding and supporting indigenous communities, I wanted to share one of my favorite photos taken by photographer . In 2012 Matika Wilbur sold everything in her apartment and hit the road to create , a photography series with the goal of developing, “a body of imagery and cultural representations of Native Peoples to counteract the relentlessly insipid, one-dimensional stereotypes circulating in mainstream media, historical textbooks and the culture industry”. In addition to this goal, Matika wanted to highlight and celebrate the next generation of positive indigenous role models and has traveled across the country (and continues to travel) to take portraits and of discussing (and changing) the way we see Native Americans.
Matika took this photo (above) of Miss Indian Nations 20, Shannon Hooper (Paiute Shoshone from Fallon, Nevada) and shared a wonderful with her about the significance of dance and ceremony, specially the fancy shawl dance for pow wow. Matika has shared stories like this on for years now and today felt like a great time to revisit them.
If you’d like to learn more about indigenous people, here are some ways to learn, support and get involved:
- Learn more about the and ways you can support them or attend events to learn more. The is a great place to start.
- Learn about
- Learn about and support indigenous artists and makers and collectives, like .
- Find a way to if you are able to contribute in a way that will make a difference to a local indigenous community. Be sure to speak with them or any organizing groups before deciding what and how they would prefer to receive support.
- Support and visit one of the .