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[Gila River camp outdoor theater, Arizona, 5-4-45]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Gila River camp outdoor theater, Arizona, 5-4-45]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Rivers, Ariz., May 4, 1945


Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada


1 drawing on paper : ink ; 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink drawing of people gathered outside the outdoor theater at Butte camp of the Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona on May 4, 1945. Partial view of curtained theater stage on left with attached building ; ladder leans on building and four wires extend to right edge. The heads and shoulders of eight people visible in foreground. Undistinguished figures approach on right up hilll from barracks in background.

Hoshida was one of the seven to nine hundred Japanese Americans in Hawaii who were incarcerated in Justice Department internment camps. He was acutely aware of the importance of recording his experiences through the pen and ink drawings and watercolors he made during his incarceration in five different locations. While Hoshida did not attempt to make any overt commentary on the interment, his drawings and sketches provide a continuous and detailed account of daily activities and his long journey from Hilo, Hawaii, to the desert of Arizona.

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