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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.alcatrazcanoejourney2019.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

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/

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/

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 Parks 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: Charlie Strickfaden. [email protected] +1.415.561.4730

50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz

The National Parks 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 Parks 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: Charlie Strickfaden. [email protected] +1.415.561.4730

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: Charlie Strickfaden. [email protected] +1.415.561.4730


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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