Some portraits I took yesterday at IITC’s Indigenous Peoples’ Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering. The Sunrise Gathering is held every Thanksgiving at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California. Event attendees included IITC board members, All Nations Drum, Pomo and Aztec dancers, and indigenous people living in the SF Bay Area. The event itself featured special dances, speeches from IITC members, and celebrated the gift of life, family, love, the memories of those who have passed away, and the commemoration of the occupation of Alcatraz by the Indigenous peoples in 1979.
This was an amazing experience, and I’m glad it’s the first Indigenous event I’ve attended on the West Coast.