Thanksgiving week makes us feel things. Lots of things. About history, about family, about memory. Last year, reporter Margaret Katcher brought a recorder to her holiday table, but found herself wondering about her impulse to document the moment.
Every year since 1975 the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony has taken place on Alcatraz Island on Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day. Native Americans of many tribes attend the ceremony to commemorate the 1969 protest when the Alcatraz Red Power Movement occupied the island. They stayed there for 18 months, until they were removed by federal marshalls in 1971.