Matika Wilbur belongs to the Swinomish and Tulalip people. She is a full time photographer, filmmaker and writer. In 2012, she sold everything, and hit the road for Project 562. Since then, she has traveled throughout the United States in an effort to tell stories from over 562 Tribes in the United States. Having visited almost 400 sovereign groups in all 50 states, Wilbur has already succeeded in creating a compelling narrative with few true peers in the history of photography. Some people say that Matika’s travels are secretly about helping her to find the best pie in the United States, others say it’s to find a husband. You might spot her crying to RomComs on airplanes, or parking outside your house in her RV.
Adrienne Keene is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and is a writer, Twitter person, and an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. She is the creator and author of Native Appropriations, a blog that discusses representations of Indigenous peoples in popular culture, where she’s been writing scathing take downs of Urban Outfitters since 2010. Her hobbies include watching The Great British Baking Show, embracing her vocal fry, and growing her collection of (authentic) ndn bling until it takes over her entire house.
Creative Director, Audio Engineering and Production (He Does All The Things)
Teo Shantz grew up on the road, playing percussion throughout the continental U.S. with his musical families ensemble, where he developed his love for all things art and music. He is a partner at Southside Allstars, an Art Directors Collective and full-service prop rental, set building and fabrication shop in Seattle, Washington. He is also the owner and operator of arterySOUND and Clint Clark Creative. For over ten years, Teo has worked as an Art Director, Creative Director, Production Designer, builder and professional percussionist/producer. He has worked with commercial clients like Amazon, Nike, and REI. You might have seen the Production Design he did for the Kesha and Macklemore video Good Old Days, where he in fact, also recorded the percussion. He performs with artists from Andy Narrell to Blitz the Ambassador , locally he’s developed music with Naomi Wachira, Pyramid and Singer Songwriter Otieno Terry. When you ask him what his hobbies include, he says, “My hobbies are my work, it’s all just one life. But I also love boujee coffee, and cooking food for the people I love".
BROOKE PEPION SWANEY
Producer For Season 1
Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) is a 2014 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellow and a 2013 Time Warner Fellow through the Sundance Institute. Ok Breathe Auralee, her NYU graduate thesis film, screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has TV distribution with First Nations Experience, a PBS affiliate. Amongst editing, Brooke’s experience also includes producing Bella Vista and Vision Maker Media funded New Media project Sixty Four Flood. She also worked with Revolution Messaging on the Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential campaign on their digital media team, producing, directing and editing; her Native Outreach ad I AM HUMAN received over 3 million hits on Facebook. Presently, she is in post-production on her first feature length documentary, Daughter of A Lost Bird, funded by Vision Maker Media.
JUANITA CHRISTINE TOLEDO
Production Assistant on Season 1
Juanita Christine Toledo is a Black Hemish womxn of both African and Native American ancestry. She is an enrolled tribal member of Walatowa, the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico. She was born in Washington, D.C. and raised on the Jemez Pueblo reservation. Juanita is an advisor and advocate for Native Youth through the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) organization, serves an AIO Ambassador for the Americans for Indian Opportunity, and models for Indigenous fashion designers. She is passionate about positive youth development, creative expression, personal wellness, and raising the human consciousness. Ultimately, she is a rez kid at heart.