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...
My mom, Rosalie McKay-Want, taken on Alcatraz Island during the Spring of 1970 during the Indian Occupation. She was a UC student at the time of the Occupation, taking all her kids to the Island..all 5 of us--ages 6 to 16..
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.
Graffiti left by two young Indian boys during the Occupation in a secret hideaway in Building 64 sometime in late 69 or early 1970.
ALCATRAZ MEMORIES: Chow line on the Rock (Dec. 1969). Eileen Conway (or one of her sisters with her back to the camera), Ed Willie (my brother) and Margaret Lareiro. I forgot the names of the grown-ups in the picture. I took this in the Apartment Building where the Alcatraz guards families lived.