Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering

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Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering
Photograph: Teela Shandess, Courtesy International Indian Treaty Council Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering

Get a new perspective on this week’s holiday. Indigenous people from throughout the region assemble on Alcatraz at sunrise every Thanksgiving to commemorate the 1969-71 occupation of the island by the “Indians of All Tribes.” Not so much a spectator event (and sometimes referred to as Un-Thanksgiving Day), this solemn community gathering is open to the public. Performances by Pomo/Ohlone Inter-tribal and Aztec Dancers, All Nations Drum, and finally the Yaqui Four Directions Blessing and Tobacco Offering aim to celebrate and preserve the survival of Native American people.



By: Ivy McNally


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