After much deliberation, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation decided to cancel our 2020 Pilgrimage. The Pilgrimage is our favorite time of the year, and we missed seeing all of you. But your safety, and the safety of our members, supporters, and families comes first.
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!
Although we were disappointed not to have our in-person Heart Mountain Pilgrimage this year, we were excited to collaborate with Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages and several other organizations to present the nine-week 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.