On Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2019, canoes representing dozens of communities, tribes, and nations from around the West Coast and beyond converged on San Francisco Bay, circling Alcatraz Island to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 occupation led by Indians of All Tribes.


The canoe journey symbolized a passing of the torch — a carrying forward of the Occupation’s legacy — bringing together Indigenous families and communities from as far north as Canada and as far west as Hawaii. 


Text and photographs by Marissa Leshnov as part of Alcatraz Is Not an Island, a special edition of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Open Space magazine.

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