The North Dakota Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Minnesota Region 2 Arts Council, is pleased to present an exhibit of Snow Country Prison: Interned in North Dakota.
Sixty years ago Snow Country Prison was a Department of Justice internment camp that was surrounded by a 10-foot tall chain link fence and topped with strands of barbed wire. Armed guards kept certain people locked inside. The exhibition will feature historic photos and murals of the camp, floor-to-ceiling cloth banners imprinted with images of people interned there, and wall text drawn from the haiku poems of one of the ethnic Japanese internees, Itaru Ina.
Now it is a United Tribes Technical College – an institution focusing on the education of American Indian Students. Then it served, as some people thought, to secure the homeland.
September 1 – 25, 2009
North Country Museum
Park Rapids, Minnesota
October 6 – 20, 2009
White Earth Veterans Memorial Building
Snow Country Prison is touring Minnesota and North Dakota as part of the North Dakota Museum of Arts’Rural Initiative, a community outreach program the Museum developed in 2004 as a means of encouraging student learning through the arts.