Between 1942 and 1945, during World War II, 120,000 United States citizens and resident aliens of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from their homes along the West Coast and incarcerated in ten concentration camps hastily constructed in the desolate interior. The camps were complete with barbed wire fences, guard towers, search lights, and armed military guards. Approximately 1,300 residents of the Yakima Valley and central Washington were interned at Heart Mountain, WY.

Wood bas relief of Heart Mountain Relocation Camp, carved by unknown artist while at Heart Mountain. (Displayed is a copy of Kara Kondo relic, now with daughter Elaine Kondo-McEwan, artist unknown.)

Drawing by Estelle Ishigo, from her book Lone Heart Mountain.

Tanka, Japanese short poems, by Tei Tomita, written under her pen name Yukari.