A canoe journey to Alcatraz on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay island’s occupation.

  • On Indigenous Peoples’ Day in San Francisco, California, Northern Quest canoe family hoists their canoe into the water.

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  • Ruth Orta of the Ohlone Tribe welcomes Northern Quest Canoe family to the Aquatic Park Cove shore.

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  • Antonio Moreno directs his crew in a canoe made out of tule reed plants.

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  • Leila Perez and Sean Morrison with their backs turned take a photo of the island.

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  • Tanya James pushes her family canoe around Alcatraz Island.

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  • While making a circle around Alcatraz Island, Chief Cortney Russell leads her canoe in a song.

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  • With Alcatraz Island in the background, Jessie Morrison, Chief Robert Gladstone, Chief Cortney Russel, Deborah Alexander and LaJune Rabang dock on shore.

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  • A crowd gathers to welcome back the canoes.

  • A member of the Three Sisters Canoe Family sings at Aquatic Park Cove after the canoes have docked.

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