This year’s Heart Mountain Pilgrimage will be a series of virtual events, held on July 23-24, 2021. Stay tuned for more details as they become available by subscribing to our mailing list!
Although we were disappointed not to have our in-person Heart Mountain Pilgrimage in 2020, we were excited to collaborate with Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages and several other organizations to present the nine-week 2020 summer series of events Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage! (June 13 – August 16, 2020)
Why a virtual pilgrimage?
In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, each of the annual pilgrimages to sites of wartime Japanese American incarceration have been canceled. These pilgrimages provide important educational and community-building opportunities for both descendants of the camps and the wider public. Recognizing the ongoing significance of these pilgrimages, we worked on the summer series of events Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage, hosted on the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP) website over the course of nine themed weeks.
What is a virtual pilgrimage?
Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage was a collaborative undertaking, involving representatives from many different contingents of the Nikkei community, as well as scholars, artists, and educators committed to actively memorializing the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Tadaima! means “I’m home!” in Japanese – it is our way of acknowledging that we are all home and the important reasons for why that is, while also celebrating the history, diversity, strength, and vibrancy of the Nikkei community.
Rather than separate in-person site pilgrimages, Tadaima! brought together many of the unique traditions from each site with new content – online exhibits, workshops, performances, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, a community archive, and more – to create accessible and wide- ranging opportunities for learning, sharing stories, and building community. Spread across nine themed weeks, the Virtual Pilgrimage featured pre-recorded and live-streamed content, as well as opportunities to engage with presenters and gather, virtually, as a community.