Deer Pin, carved by June Shimizu, Tule Lake, 1942-1945

Deer Pin, carved by June Shimizu, Tule Lake, 1942-1945

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This wooden pin was made by June Shimizu while she was incarcerated during WWII with her sister Tsuneyo Shimizu. During their imprisonment they both picked up arts and crafts to express themselves creatively and occupy themselves during the large amounts of free time they had. They made corsages and small wooden carvings out of leftover materials, using whatever they could find. This particular wooden carving is of a deer leaping over a log, and on the log "June" is written. It has an identical copy with the name "Tsune" on it. The sisters must have made matching pins, representing their relationship and their perseverance.
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Object Name
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place made
United States: California, Tule Lake
Physical Description
wood; paint (overall material)
overall: 1.9 cm x 2.7 cm x.8 cm; 3/4 in x 1 1/16 in x 5/16 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Dale Cawley
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National Museum of American History
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