Although we’re disappointed not to have our in-person Heart Mountain Pilgrimage this year, we are excited to be collaborating with Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages and several other organizations to present Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage which will take place over the course of nine weeks this summer! Join us for the opening ceremony on Saturday, June 13 at 2:00pm PST.
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 have begun work on Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage to take place this summer, 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 is 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! will bring 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 will feature pre-recorded and live-streamed content, as well as opportunities to engage with presenters and gather, virtually, as a community.
2020 HEART MOUNTAIN PILGRIMAGE CANCELED
After much deliberation, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation has decided to cancel our 2020 Pilgrimage. The Pilgrimage is our favorite time of the year, and we will miss seeing all of you. But your safety, and the safety of our members, supporters, and families comes first.
If you already registered for this year’s Pilgrimage, a staff member will contact you and we will issue a full refund of your registration fees shortly. The Holiday Inn in Cody will automatically cancel any room reservations made by phone, at no charge to you. If you made room reservations online or through a third-party vendor, you will need to arrange for cancelation through those systems.
Stay tuned for information about next year’s Pilgrimage, taking place on July 22-24, 2021, by subscribing to our mailing list. Many of this year’s guests have committed to returning, and we are already planning for an amazing event.