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Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Ceremony

This event commemorates 527 years of Indigenous resistance and survival in the Americas, honors the cultural resiliency of Indigenous Peoples in California and around the world, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All Tribes in 1969-1970.

WHO: Sponsored by the International Indian Treaty Council

WHEN: Monday, October 14, 6AM-8AM (ferries return by approximately 9AM)

WHERE: Alcatraz Island (ferries leave from Pier 33 starting at 5AM. Ticketbooth opens at 4:15AM)

COST: $11.00. Purchase ferry boat tickets on-line from Alcatraz Cruises. Toddlers under 5 are free. Learn More

INFO: www.iitc.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Rochelle Diver. [email protected] +1.218.576.2649

Alcatraz Canoe Journey 2019

To commemorate the 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz, honor its veterans, celebrate our past and envision our future, the Bay Area Indigenous community is hosting our first-ever canoe journey. Starting at sunrise, a flotilla of Indigenous canoes from up and down the West Coast will circle Alcatraz Island, carrying forward the spirit of the Occupation for a new generation and century—showing leadership in the face of environmental degradation through the promise of Indigenous resurgence.

WHO: Brought to you by the Alcatraz Canoe Journey organizing committee and the Bay Area Indigenous community.

WHEN: Monday, October 14, 7AM-1PM

WHERE: Aquatic Park, San Francisco, starting at the corner of Jefferson St. and Hyde St.

COST: FREE

INFO: www.canoejourney2019.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Julian Brave. NoiseCat. [email protected]

Indigenous Peoples Day Music and Arts Festival

This day marks the one-year anniversary of San Francisco’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the (September 13, 2018) removal of the Early Days sculpture from Pioneer Monument located in San Francisco’s Civic Center. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival celebrates with Native American art, music and vendors. The event will feature “Jonathan Cordero” (Ramaytush Ohlone) and performances by Pamyua (Inuit), Hip Hop and media artist Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve (Stō:lo) and Raye Zaragoza (Akimel O’otham descent).

WHO: Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in partnership with American Indian Contemporary Arts and the International Indian Treaty Council.

WHEN: Monday, October 14, 12PM-3:30PM

WHERE: Yerba Buena Gardens. Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Streets.

COST: FREE

INFO: ybgfestival.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Marshall Lamm. [email protected]

Resounding Witchi Tai To, 1969-2019

A musical commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the song “Witchi Tai To” by the Creek and Kaw jazz saxophonist Jim Pepper (1941-1992).

WHO: The John-Carlos Perea Ensemble.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 1PM-2PM

WHERE: Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University.

COST: FREE

INFO: https://johncarlosperea.bandcamp.com/

MEDIA CONTACT: John-Carlos Perea. [email protected] +1.415.338.1664

Tommy Orange at the Koret

Award winning novelist Tommy Orange will present his work and engage in a conversation with Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck onstage at the Koret Theater.

WHO: Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Arts Commission.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 6PM

WHERE: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street.

COST: FREE

INFO: https://sfpl.org/

MEDIA CONTACT: Jaime Wong. [email protected] +1.415.557.4295

Landless in the Bay Area

With Corrina Gould (Confederated Villages of Lisjan), Ruth Orta (Ohlone/Bay Miwok/Plains Miwok) and Jonathan Cordero (Ramaytush Ohlone); moderator Julian Brave NoiseCat (Secwepemc/St’at’imc)

Three leaders of traditional Bay Area territories will speak from the heart about historical and contemporary events that have left them landless and without federal recognition, the impact of this situation on their people, the work they are doing to reclaim culture and re-assert their claim to these lands, and why Indigenous presence matters as San Francisco emerges as one of the wealthiest cities on the planet and a hub for tech corporations and real estate speculation.

WHO: Alcatraz Canoe Journey, SFMOMA.

WHEN: October 23, 2019, 6:00PM-7:30PM

WHERE: San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.

COST: FREE

INFO: canoejourney2019.com

Native American Fashion Show

Indigenous Fashion designers Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene, Cree), the first Indigenous designer to show at Paris Fashion Week, Project Runway alumna Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo), and Leah Mata is a member of the yak tityu tityu (the people) Northern Chumash Tribe, located on the Central California Coast., will show their collection using the Pioneer Monument as a backdrop. Working in partnership with Sovereign Bodies Institute, the show will work to bring awareness to murdered and missing Indigenous women.

WHO: Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission in partnership with Sovereign Bodies Institute and Sewam American Indian Dance.

WHEN: Saturday, October 26

WHERE: Pioneer Monument, 147 Fulton Street.

COST: FREE

INFO: https://www.sfartscommission.org

Native American Heritage Month, SF Public Library

The San Francisco Arts Commission will partner with the Public Library to curate an exhibition and related programming featuring weekly Poetry Jams led by Poet Laureate Kim Shuck. The opening will coincide with the Native American Fashion Show taking place at the Pioneer Monument.

WHO: Co-Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Public Library

WHEN: Saturday, October 26 – Saturday, November 30

WHERE: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street.

COST: FREE

INFO: https://sfpl.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Jaime Wong. [email protected] +1.415.557.4295

44th Annual American Film Festival

The American Indian Film Institute is the premiere Native American media and cultural arts exposition in the West Coast and its annual film festival is the world’s oldest forum dedicated to Native American cinema. The full schedule will be available Oct 1st.

WHO: Co-sponsored by American Indian Film Institute and San Francisco Arts Commission

WHEN: Saturday, October 26 – Saturday, November 2. See website for show times.

WHERE: Films will be shown at BRAVA theater with the awards show at the Presidio Theater on November 2.

COST: FREE

INFO: https://www.aifisf.com/

Native American Heritage Month at San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

An exhibition of portraits from the Early Days Photo Shoot will be exhibited on the mezzanine level of Terminal 3, while shorts by Native American filmmakers we be presented at SFO Museum’s Video Arts screening room in the International Terminal Departures Lobby.

WHO: Community partnership: San Francisco International Airport, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the American Indian Film Institute

WHEN: Thursday, October 10 – Wednesday, December 4

WHERE: San Francisco International Airport; Terminal 3 mezzanine (photography), International Terminal Departures Lobby (film shorts). Both exhibitions are located pre-security and are available to all Airport visitors.

COST: FREE

INFO: https://www.sfomuseum.org/

The Indigenous Environmental Movement

With Mark Tilsen (Oglala Lakota), Isabella Zizi (Northern Cheyenne, Arikara, Muscogee) and Melinda Micco (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma); moderator Julian Brave NoiseCat (Secwepemc/St’at’imc)

Two Indigenous millennial activists will speak to the role of indigenous peoples in protecting water, land and biodiversity in the face of environmental and moral hazards including fossil fuel extraction and climate change.

WHO: Alcatraz Canoe Journey, The Natural History Museum.

WHEN: November 6, 2019, 6PM-8:30PM

WHERE: Exploratorium, Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street

COST: FREE

INFO: canoejourney2019.com

The Indigenous Canoe Movement

With Lehua Kamalu (Native Hawaiian), Frank Brown (Heiltsuk) and L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva-Ajachmem); moderator Julian Brave NoiseCat (Secwepemc/St’at’imc)

A conversation with three Indigenous leaders from across North America rebuilding canoe and maritime traditions in their own communities. Lehua Kamalu, Kanaka Maoli, captained the Hikianalia, a traditional polynesian outrigger canoe on its recent voyage from Hawaii to California. Kamalu is the first woman to captain a traditional polynesian vessel. Frank Brown, Heiltsuk from Bella Bella, British Columbia, organized North America’s first Tribal Canoe Journey to coincide with Expo ‘86 in Vancouver, BC. Brown will talk about his original vision, what it took to launch the first Tribal Canoe Journey, and how the event has taken hold and grown in the 30+ years since. L. Frank Manriquez of the Tongva-Ajachmem is an artist, language activist and leader in the California Indian community. She was the first member of her nation to build and navigate a traditional tii’at in over 100 years and participates in the annual Tribal Canoe Journeys. All will also speak to the challenges and positive impacts of canoe culture on Indigenous communities and the environmental movement.

WHO: Alcatraz Canoe Journey, California Historical Society, The Natural History Museum

WHEN: November 11, 2019, 6PM-8PM

WHERE: California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street

COST: FREE

INFO: canoejourney2019.com

Alcatraz Reflections

The premier of a new musical composition for Native American flute reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz Island.

WHO: The John-Carlos Perea Ensemble

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 1PM-2PM

WHERE: Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University.

COST: FREE

INFO: https://johncarlosperea.bandcamp.com/

MEDIA CONTACT: John-Carlos Perea. [email protected] +1.415.338.1664

Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

This annual gathering honors American Indian culture by bringing together the American Indian community, local heroes, and political leaders who have worked to strengthen American Indian initiatives to celebrate with song, dance, and food. This year’s Celebration will feature the kick off for the American Indian Cultural Center of San Francisco.

WHO: Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission in partnership with the American Indian Cultural Center and the Native American Health Center

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 5:30PM-7:30PM

WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.

COST: FREE

INFO: https://www.facebook.com/AICCSF/

The Occupation of Alcatraz

With Eloy Martinez (Ute) and LaNada War Jack (Shoshone-Bannock); moderator Julian Brave NoiseCat (Secwepemc/St’at’imc)

A conversation with two original Alcatraz Occupiers about the context in which the Occupation occurred; energy and intent behind the Occupation; immediate impacts of the Occupation on policy, politics and culture in Indian Country; and reasons the Occupation is equally relevant 50 years later. Moderator Julian Brave NoiseCat (Canin Lake Band Tsq’escen) will also discuss contemporary Indigenous activism.

WHO: Alcatraz Canoe Journey, SFMOMA, Presidio of California

WHEN: November 17, 2019, 1PM-2:30PM

WHERE: Presidio Theater, 99 Moraga Avenue

COST: FREE

INFO: canoejourney2019.com

Native Heritage Social Gathering

to remember and recognize the contributions of LGBTQ, Two-Spirit Native Americans

WHO: Gay American Indians

WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 4PM-8PM

WHERE: SFAC Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness, Ste. 126.

COST: FREE

MEDIA CONTACT: Randy Burns. +1.650.359.6473

Red Power on Alcatraz: Perspectives 50 Years Later

In 1969, a group of Native American activists called the Indians of All Tribes arrived on Alcatraz. This new exhibit and series of cultural programs on Alcatraz tells the story of their 19-month occupation of the island, a watershed moment in the movement for Native American civil rights.

WHO: Sponsored by the National Park Service

WHEN: Wednesday, November 20 – June 2022

WHERE: Alcatraz Island New Industries Building

COST: Ferry Ticket

INFO: https://www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm

MEDIA CONTACT: GOGA public affairs. [email protected]

50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz

The National Park Service, working with the Indians of All Tribes, will host a series of events on Alcatraz Island to honor the veterans of the occupation.

WHO: Sponsored by the National Park Service and Indians of All Tribes

WHEN: November 20, 21, 23

WHERE: Alcatraz Island

COST: Ferry Ticket

INFO: http://www.facebook.com/IndiansofAllTribes

MEDIA CONTACT: GOGA public affairs. [email protected]

Honoring 50 years of Activism featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie

This celebration will feature acclaimed recording artist Buffy Sainte-Marie and will honor activists that have led various Indigenous resistance movements over the last 50 years. The event will also include a reception in the SFAC Main Gallery, which will feature The Continuous Thread exhibition.

WHO: Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission in partnership with the, American Indian Film Festival and the American Indian Cultural Center

WHEN: Friday, November 22, 6PM-8PM

WHERE: Herbst Theater

COST: FREE

INFO: https://www.sfartscommission.org

Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering

This event commemorates 527 years of Indigenous resistance and survival in the Americas, honors the cultural resiliency of Indigenous Peoples in California and around the world, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All Tribes in 1969-1970.

WHO: Sponsored by the International Indian Treaty Council

WHEN: Thursday, November 28, 6AM-10AM

WHERE: Alcatraz Island

COST: Ferry Ticket Learn More

INFO: https://www.iitc.org/

MEDIA CONTACT: GOGA public affairs. [email protected]


In addition, In November 2019, the California Historical Society will launch Re(Occupied), series of public conversations on Native California history, cultural reclamation, and activism. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 19-month long occupation of Alcatraz by Native American activists, these programs are part of CHS’s ongoing commitment to working with California Native communities to preserve and share their histories, cultures, and traditions. Learn more at “California Historical Society“.

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