Major Tribal Photographer Featured at Library

The works of nationally renowned tribal photographer Matika Wilbur will be on display at Jefferson County Library through October 14. The exhibition, called Natural Wanderment, highlights the significance of the natural world and the original Native American stewards of the land.

According to the library’s web site, the images depict ancestral ways of life and their ongoing presence in North America. “Despite western ideologies and systems that undermine this living truth, there remain the ‘people of the blue-green water,’ the ‘people of the tall pine trees,’ and the ‘people of the tide,’” says the promotion.

Ten years ago Wilbur embarked upon an ambitious project: to photograph members of 562 federally recognized Native American tribes across the U.S. She has also been collecting oral histories to document contemporary Native American life.

A long-time advocate of social justice, Wilbur was raised in the Swinomish Tribal community and is enrolled in the Tulalip Tribe. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Brooks Institute of Photography.

Also at the library …

The library is offering a hybrid online and in-person family conversation series called Uplift. The weekly sessions will include discussions around social awareness and values. All ages can participate, with content focused on ages 7 to 11. Talking points and activities will draw from modern science and ancient wisdom. – Thursdays starting October 6, from 3 to 4 p.m.

The library’s literary agenda includes two live online author talks:

Dr. Aziz Gazipura, one of the world’s leading experts on social confidence, will discuss how to stop being “too nice and worrying about what others might think.” Gazipura, a clinical psychologist, also hosts a podcast called “Shrink for the Shy Guy” and has written three best-selling books. – Thursday, October 13, from 1 to 2 p.m.

CNN anchor Zain E. Asher will discuss Where the Children Take Us, the story of her mother’s journey from war-torn Africa to the streets of South London, and eventually to the halls of Buckingham Palace. It’s the account of a widowed immigrant mother of four, overcoming genocide, famine, poverty, and grief. – Tuesday, October 18, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Registration and additional details for the above programs can be found at

The library, located at 620 Cedar Avenue, Port Hadlock. View the full event calendar at