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Through the Lens: Modern Native American Identity with Daniella Zalcman and Matika Wilbur

Event Date:

November 27, 2018 | 7:30 PM EST


National Geographic Campus
Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium
1600 M Street NW

Washington, DC 20036

MIKE PINAY, Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School (1953-1963).“It was the worst 10 years of my life. I was away from my family from the age of six to 16. How do you learn about family? I didn’t know what love was. We weren’t even known by names back then. I was a number.” Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.

For more than a century, many Western governments operated a network of Indian Residential Schools...

Image by Daniella Zalcman.
Image by Daniella Zalcman.

Join photographers Daniella Zalcman and Matika Wilbur at National Geographic on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, to hear about her photography work with Native American identity.  

Zalcman and Wilbur, who is of the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington, each explore different perspectives among modern Native communities, examining how these diverse communities are reframing their identities and pushing back against racial stereotypes

For her Pulitzer Center-supported reporting project, "Signs of Your Identity," Zalcman explores the legacy of Canada's Indian Residential Schools, which began operation in the late 1800s. She decided to create a series of double exposure portraits of the survivors.

"This is a project about history, and memory, and trauma. Children who were taken from their families grew up not knowing how to express love. Languages were forgotten, cultural traditions lost," Zalcman said in an interview with FotoEvidence when asked about why she used the double exposure technique. For her reporting, Zalcman, won the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award for documenting social injustice. 

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