Bird Pin, carved by June Shimizu, Tule Lake, 1944


June and Tsuneyo Shimizu were sisters who were both incarcerated during WWII. They were imprisoned at the Tule Lake and Topaz concentration camps. While there the sisters picked up arts and crafts to pass the time and express their creativity. This tiny bird was carved by June, and displays her skill in woodworking. June and her sister would use any materials they could find to make their art, so June most likely found some leftover wood to carve out this delicate bird. On the back "Tule Lake 1944" is written to signify when and where it was made. The Shimizu sisters learned how to express their perseverance through the new art forms they adopted during their time of forced imprisonment.

Date Made: 1944

Place Made: United States: California, Tulelake

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Credit Line: Gift of Dale Cawley

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2015.0210.01Accession Number: 2015.0210Catalog Number: 2015.0210.01

Object Name: pin

Physical Description: wood; paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1.2 cm x 2.8 cm x .11 cm; 15/32 in x 1 3/32 in x 1/32 in


Record Id: nmah_1762758

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