Earlier this month, about 325 people gathered in southeast Idaho for the 17th annual Minidoka Pilgrimage. Over the course of four days, pilgrims learned about the history and legacy of Minidoka through educational programming, tours of the former incarceration site, the invaluable stories of camp survivors, and a lot of intergenerational dialogue and community building.
This year’s pilgrimage also included the soft opening of the new Minidoka National Historic Site Visitor Center, which tells the Minidoka story and currently features an exhibit highlighting the struggles and achievements of the Issei generation. The new visitor center will open to the public in early 2020. For now, enjoy some powerful moments from the 2019 Minidoka Pilgrimage in this guest post by photographer Kayla Isomura.
Guest post by Kayla Isomura, a photographer based in Vancouver, Canada on unceded Coast Salish territory. With a background in journalism, her interest in storytelling through multimedia has been heavily influenced from her background as a yonsei (fourth generation) Japanese and Chinese Canadian. In 2018, Kayla produced The Suitcase Project, a multimedia exhibition examining the effects of the Japanese Canadian and American internment and incarceration on younger generations. The Suitcase Project made its debut at the Nikkei National Museum and is currently touring. Learn more about Kayla and her work: www.kaylaisomura.com