Words, Weavings, and Songs

Wakako Yamauchi, Momo Nagano, and Mary Nomura were innocent teenagers when they were sent to concentration camps during World War II. Behind barbed wire, their creative spirits remained undaunted—their lives fortified by art, music, and literature.

Directed by John Esaki
Produced by Karen L. Ishizuka
34 minutes

Funded by a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.

This production is available for purchase on DVD at the JANM Store. It includes a bonus track, “Momo’s Excellent Adventure” by Dan Kwong.  BUY NOW


Watch a Q&A with Alyctra Matsushita, Hana van der Steur, and Erin Nomura Marquez as they reflected on their grandmothers, in this program presented on September 18, 2020. They were joined by Mary Kageyama Nomura, the Songbird of Manzanar herself, in a special appearance on the eve of her 95th birthday.


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