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Join us as three indigenous activists discuss the role of indigenous peoples in protecting water, land, and biodiversity in the face of environmental and moral hazards. Mark Tilsen (Oglala Lakota), Isabella Zizi (Northern Cheyenne, Arikara, Muscogee), and Melinda Micco (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma) will discuss historical truths, enduring challenges, and the way forward.
Alcatraz: An Unfinished Occupation
The Exploratorium is pleased to co-present this program as part of Alcatraz Canoe Journey, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 indigenous peoples’ occupation of Alcatraz. On Indigenous People’s Day, October 14, 2019, canoes representing tribes from up and down the West Coast and beyond took to the waters of San Francisco Bay and encircled Alcatraz Island. Alcatraz Canoe Journey’s program series, Alcatraz: An Unfinished Occupation, features conversations with indigenous leaders moderated by Julian Brave Noisecat. The series is co-presented with Bay Area cultural institutions including the Exploratorium, SF MOMA, SF Public Library, and the California Historical Society.
Alcatraz Canoe Journey is a grassroots project of Indigenous organizers and allies based in the Bay Area and led by elder Eloy Martinez. Inspired by the annual Tribal Canoe Journey in the Pacific Northwest and the resurgence of canoe traditions in Indigenous communities across the continent and beyond, Alcatraz Canoe Journey will be the first event of its kind in the Bay Area.
Visit the Canoe Journey website for more information and to RSVP.