A new exhibit touring North Dakota, "Snow Country Prison: Interned in North Dakota," delivers a chilling collection of haiku, photographs and essays in a timely reminder of how wartime "detainees" at Fort Lincoln Internment Camp endured a life apart.
The sparsely documented history of the Fort Lincoln Internment Camp has long been limited to a small collection of official photographs that idyllically depict internees busy at craftwork or at play, ski jumping and playing hockey. However, in the 14 months that a young Japanese-American named Itaru Ina lived at Fort Lincoln, he produced a collection of melancholy haiku that reveals far more than do the lenses of the government cameras. His work is available for the first time in a free 16-page companion tabloid to the exhibit.
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