Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Occupation of Alcatraz
Coit Tower Video Projection and KPOO Radio Broadcast
November 25th and 26th 2009
Alcatraz Remembrance, Ohlone Presence: Indigenous Renewal
What: A digital projection & live radio broadcast commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969-71, prefiguring the return of Ohlone to San Francisco, and asking all of us, what is indigenous?
When: Night of November 25th & 26th, 2009, dusk to 7:00 a.m.
Viewable from: Pier 31, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pioneer Park, Grant St. & Greenwich St, Washington Sq. Park.
An accompanying radio program is scheduled for this projection beginning at 6pm and continuing to at least 11pm, on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009.
A video projection will take place on surface of Coit Tower to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz in 1969, and to probe the many thousands of supporters to rethink San Francisco’s history.
This projection culminates a week of events commemorating the 40th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz Island by the Indians of All Tribes.
The occupation changed American history by ending the US policy of Tribal Termination, and it also strengthened tribes across the country to stand up, including San Francisco’s original inhabitants, the Ohlone.
Their renewed strength brings with it the chance for San Francisco to finally do the right thing for its Native people, as so many tens of thousands demanded in 1969.
Alcatraz is Not an Island, James Fortier
Rendevouz with Alcatraz, Ben Wood & David Mark
Indigenous Renewal, Mary Jean Robertson & Neil Maclean
Welcome to Ohlone Territory, Marlo Bodziac and Neil Maclean,
Ohlone Families, Charlene Sul, Anthony Sul
Keith Moreau, “Native Life on San Bruno Mountain”
Visual Transformation, Albert Neiman
A History of the Projection
This event follows a series of projections by David Mark and Ben Wood in 2004, 2006, & 2008 highlighting the cultural heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2008 the projection has combined the use of live radio broadcast with the participation of KPOO 89.5 FM and the cooperation of Neil Maclean & Mary Jean Robertson, of Voices of Native the Ohlone Profiles Project.
The projection will use two 12000 lumen projectors that will cast an illuminated moving image sequence onto the surface of the 210 foot tower from two separate vantage points, covering an area of 270 degrees from the West to the North-East portions of Coit Tower and live remote broadcast from viewing areas.
Permission for the projection was granted by the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks. Special thanks for cooperation with the dwellers of Telegraph Hill, particularly Julie Christiansen.
Special thanks to Alex Cherian of Bay Television Archive at San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Arts Commission.
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