June Third Twenty Eleven

These two videos analyze the proclamation of June Third Twenty Eleven as chief Tony Cerda day by Ed Lee, mayor of the city of San Francisco. Tony Cerda, chief of the Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone tribe, brought Ohlone traditional dance back to San Francisco after almost 200 years of absence due to a long colonial history. The absurdity and contradictions within the ritualized performance of the official proclamation are brought to the surface through the use of the zoom as an analytical tool of archival footage, and of repetition as a way of defamiliarizing the normalized.