The 400 Years Project

The 400 Years Project Looks at Native American Identity Through The Native Lens”. The year 2020 marked the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival from England to Plymouth Rock, Mass., a moment encapsulated with the general notion that the following year, pilgrims broke bread with the Wampanoag Tribe in an act of friendship. For generations that story — from the white settlers’ perspective — has been taught to children in schools. Correcting those myths and looking at the evolution of Native American identity over the last 400 years is the mission of The 400 Yeras Project a pictorial collection of Native American life. It includes original photo essays, text essays and a digital library of Native photographers from the mid-1800s to the present. Project founders Sarah Stacke, Sheena Brings Plenty and Brian Adams want to address colonization while centering the Native voice.