The Department of Anthropology at the University of Denver (DU) is engaged in long-term community based research at Amache, the site of a World War II Japanese American internment camp in Colorado. Work on this project is on-going so please continue to return to this site for updates.
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The DU Amache Research Project is pleased to share its results in many ways, including public talks, museum exhibits, and professional presentations. Below you will find a link to our newsletter. Please enjoy it and feel free to share it with others who might as well!
On November 9, 2017 the DU Museum of Anthropology opened a new version of Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues about the Amache Archaeology Collection. This is an exhibit produced collaboratively by DU students and community members. The exhibit features items collected during the ongoing archaeological research at Amache, Colorado's Japanese American internment camp. The exhibit will be on display at the museum gallery, Sturm Hall 102 until March 17, 2018. The gallery is typically open from 9 am to 4 pm. Please come visit!
An online version of the 2015 exhibit is hosted here: http://www.du.edu/ahss/anthropology/museum/exhibits/virtualexhibits/amache/index.html
A travelling version of the 2015 exhibit is available for loan. For more information about the exhibit, see the flyer below. For queries regarding the travelling exhibit, contact Anne Amati at 303.871.2687 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A technical report about the 2012 exhibit is also available below.
In 2016, Greg Kitajima, a gardener and Amache descendant, worked with the DU Amache crews on a garden excavation. He reflects on this experience in this blog for the North American Japanese Garden Association: https://najga.org/uncovering-a-garden-plot-and-a-family-history/
Dr. Esteban Gomez of the University of Denver, along with two of our students, produced a short film about the connections between internment history and the current political climate. It features images of Amache and interviews with Dr. Bonnie Clark. That film can be viewed at https://www.sapiens.org/culture/trump-travel-ban-world-war-ii/
Dr. Bonnie Clark's research was featured in Issue #4 (2017) of The Journal of the North American Japanese Garden Association. The association has kindly allowed us to make that article available to the public here.
This chapter, "Cultivating Community" is from Legacies of Space and Intangible Heritage: Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and the Politics of Cultural Continuity in the Americas edited by Fernando Armstrong-Fumero and Julio Hoil Gutierrez (2017). This electronic copy was made available to the community through the goodwill of the publisher, University Press of Colorado.
All of the Master's theses written by students associated with the DU Amache Project are available through the DU Digital Commons site: http://digitalcommons.du.edu/
The search term "Amache" will bring up most theses. Others can be accessed by searching the author.
This 18 page report overviews our accomplishments during the 2014 field school. Analysis of our finds and garden samples continues, so this is just the first of many reports.
This Chapter, from Prisoners of War: Archaeology, Memory, and Heritage of 19th- and 20th-Century Mass Internment (Mytum 2013) is based on thesis research at Amache by two DU alumni, Dana Ogo Shew and April Kamp-Whittaker.
This chapter from, Trade and Exchange: Archaeological Studies from History and Prehistory (2010) was written by Stephanie Skiles, a former MA student, and Dr. Bonnie Clark, the director of the DU Amache project.
This publication, based on the thesis research of DU alumni Jennifer Otto, is a contribution to Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Report (2009), edited by Rudi Hartmann, Wash Park Media, Denver.
Dr. Bonnie Clark contributed an entry on Amache to the Densho Encyclopedia of Internment. It can be accessed through this link: http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Amache%20(Granada)/
This video on the 2008 Field School, produced by the DU Communications office, won an award at the Society for American Archaeology 2009 film festival.
The Amache Preservation Society (APS) has worked for many years to preserve the site of Amache and the memories, keepsakes, and historical documentation of those whose lives were forever changed by it. We have worked with the collections of the APS museum during each of our field schools. For more information about the APS please visit the link above.
The Japanese American Association of Colorado has generously donated salary for graduate students who served as field supervisors during each of DU's field schools at Amache (2008 2010, 2012, and 2014). For more information about the Japanese American Association of Colorado, please visit their website.
The University of Denver, Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning has generously supported our work at Amache through an Engaged Department grant, and two Public Good grants. During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Center supported the Amache project through a Public Good Fellowship for the project director, Dr. Bonnie Clark. For more information about the Center, please visit the link above.
State Historical Fund - History Colorado
The State Historical Fund or SHF has generously provided support for the 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 Field Schools at Amache.
We were pleased to partner with the Japanese American National Museum during their 2008 national conference, and subsequent meetings of former Amache internees and descendants in the Los Angeles area.
The Faculty and students of the DU Amache project have contributed to the Denver area Day of Remembrance since February 2010. We look forward to ongoing collaboration for this important event.
During World War II, the University of Denver opened its doors to Japanese American students, beginning a proud tradition that continues today. This tradition was celebrated on July 3, 2008 at the DU Museum of Anthropology. Click on the links below to find out more about the history of DU and Japanese American students, with a page specifically for Japanese American alumni of the University.
This is a scanned copy of the directory of Amache residents produced for the camp in 1943. The original of this document is available at the Amache Preservation Society museum, Granada, Colorado.
The DU Amache project will return to Amache and the Amache museum for a sixth field school in historical archaeology and museum studies June 12-July 12, 2018. We are excited to team this year with the Institute for Field Research. For information about the field school and how to apply visit: http://ifrglobal.org/program/us-co-amache/
**Please note that University of Denver students should contact Dr. Bonnie Clark directly for application & enrollment information: email@example.com
This flyer has information about our DU Amache archaeology open house at Amache on July 7, 2018
If you or a family member were at Amache, we would be honored if you joined us for this special event on July 6, 2018! Details are in this flyer.
Each field season, the DU Amache Project includes a high school or college intern who is an Amache descendant. More information about the internship is in the flyer below.
Halle Sousa, the 2016 intern, integrated her field school experience into a documentary available at: http://www.njamf.com/Amache/.
The article below, written by our 2014 intern, Riki Eijima and published in the Pacific Citizen describes her experience. We look forward to working with another community descendant in 2018.
DU Professor Esteban Gomez wrote this piece about DU Amache project volunteers he met at the 2016 Amache field school. It can be accessed here:http://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/children-of-amache/
Click below to read a DU Magazine article about the 2012 field school and the DU Amache project. This article received silver in the category of Communications & Marketing Programs - Periodical staff writing for external audiences from the CASE District VI Institutional Awards Program.
An important element of our archaeological research at Amache has been the investigation of different types of gardens at the camp: ornamental, vegetable, and entry gardens. A short report synthesizing our 2010 results is available below. The 2010 garden research was funded by Dumbarton Oaks. Also available is a synthesis report of our 2008 results, a file with figures to accompany the report, and more technical documents prepared by specialists. The 2008 garden research was funded by a Heritage Partnerships Program grant from the National Park Service, Intermountain Region.
The DU Amache Project is one of the highlighted case studies in the Spring 2018 issue of American Archaeology. The online version includes additional project photos: https://www.archaeologicalconservancy.org/the-case-for-collaboration/
Project Director Bonnie Clark discusses the DU Amache Project on this November 2016 podcast: https://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archaeology/3
This article by one of our community curators, Gil Asakawa, discusses his experience as working on Connecting the Pieces. It was published in the Pacific Citizen, the national paper of the Japanese American Citizens League.
Project Director, Dr. Bonnie Clark, was interviewed for the VoiceAmerica radio program, Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality, and 21st Century Archaeology, for a program on the archaeology of internment. Follow the link below to hear the broadcast:
High Plains Public Radio produced two media pieces about our work in 2014. You can access them through the links below:
This article, which focuses on how we do the digital mapping at Amache, was published in the magazine, American Surveyor.
This magazine article overviews a presentation given by Dr. Bonnie Clark at the Denver Botanic Gardens in October, 2012.
The DU Amache project was featured in an article about the archaeology of World War II in the magazine, Illustreret Videnskab (Science Illustrated) in the Fall of 2012. Produced by the largest magazine publisher in Scandinavia, the magazine’s print circulation is 800,000 accompanied by a website. Link to online article below:
This online magazine recently featured an interview with DU Amache project director, Dr. Bonnie Clark.
This is a link to an Archaeology magazine article on the Archaeology of Internment, featuring a dicussion and a photograph of our research at Amache. It was part of a larger article published by the maganize on the Archaeology of World War II.
Colorado Public Radio has done two stories on the field school:
This article was written by Gary Ono, a former Amache internee, prior to his working with the DU Amache project in the summer of 2008
This is an article written after the field school by Gary Ono, former internee and volunteer with the 2008 field school.
This is an article written after the field school by Gary Ono, former internee and volunteer with the 2008 field school.
This print story includes a link to a video of the piece that aired on the Channel 7 10 pm news in the Summer of 2008.
From May 14-June 5, 2009, the DU Museum of Anthropology displayed an exhibit curated by graduate student April Kamp-Whittaker. Through the Eyes of a Child: Japanese American Internment was a visual representation of Ms. Kamp-Whittaker's master's thesis research on Amache. A combination of historical research and archaeological information were used to discuss the experiences of children at Amache. Issues such as daily life, the role of gardens, and children's play were discussed.
In case you missed the exhibit, click here to access a powerpoint slideshow containing photos of the exhibit cases as well as all of the text and images that were displayed during the exhibit. Come take a virtual tour of the exhibit! If you would like a dvd copy of the powerpoint please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have one sent to you! Thank you!
This portfolio last updated: 05-Apr-2018 10:46 AM