Pics from the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz (Nov 1969 to Nov 1970). Most of the pictures were taken by me, my brother Ed, and sister Linda during the Fall of 1970. Other pictures were taken earlier during the Occupation and by others as noted...
Cell in Alcatraz Prison, Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California
The view of the Guard's Family Apts on Alcatraz. I lived on the third floor on the right side of the building from January 1970 to August 1970 during the Indian Occupation. The top left was used as our school for us kids under 18 and where Radio-Free Alcatraz broadcast from. My teacher was Linda Aranydo, one of the original Indian students that first took over the Island.
Picture of my brother Edward Willie inside the tipi on the Island. I used to think spirits may have caused the film to be damaged or marred in some way but i think it was just the dim light playing tricks on my lens...
The Kitchen on the Rock, pictured is Susan Tsosie (Hannan) and my mom Rosalie McKay-Want making preparations for the daily meals for our fellow occupiers. My mom was a student at UC Berkeley at the time and i was going to school at Alameda HS across the bay. We took time out of our lives to participate in the occupation. I lived on the Island for 9 months from Nov. 1969 to August 1970. (photo courtesy of the Troy Johnson Collection).
Part of the tourist invasion in the mid-70's. My friend Marilyn St. Germaine and her niece and the young Mr. Peter Bratt (Director, Screenwriter and Producer) to the right of them. I loved his movie La Mission starring his brother Ben. Peter's mom Eldy was part of the Indian Occupation along with his sisters and brother. They were about the same age as my siblings...all youngsters of the Rock.