OCCUPATION OF ALCATRAZ 40TH
ANNIVERSARY REMEMBRANCE NOVEMBER 25 - OHLONE
PRESENCE: INDIGENOUS RENEWAL
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.
Where: Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA, and broadcast
on KPOO 89.5 FM online at coitlive.com <http://www.coitlive.com/> and
ohloneprofiles.org <http://www.ohloneprofiles.org/> .
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,
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
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
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
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.
For more information, contact Ben Wood at 415-515 8390,
benwood @ alum.mit.edu <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> , David Mark at
415-515 5540, davemk3d @ markresourcesusa.com
<mailto:email@example.com> , and Neil Maclean at 415-515
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