Hundreds celebrate indigenous lives at Alcatraz

Indigenous Sunrise Ceremony Alcatraz
People gather around a fire at the Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering event at Alcatraz Island on Thanksgiving morning.

Before dawn on Thursday morning, hundreds of people boarded special ferries to Alcatraz to honor the struggle of indigenous people in America and the occupation of the former prison island from 1969 to 1971.

SFBay photographer Marlene Sanchez captured the participants and ceremony in a photo gallery of the 42nd Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering.

Photos by Marlene Sanchez/SFBay

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