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

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

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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.
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United States: California, Tulelake
Physical Description
wood; paint (overall material)
overall: 1.2 cm x 2.8 cm x.11 cm; 15/32 in x 1 3/32 in x 1/32 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Dale Cawley
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National Museum of American History
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