Title: Follow the Request of the Stone: Spirituality and Gardening in Internment Camps

Speaker: Bonnie Clark

Gardening has deep cultural and spiritual roots in Japan.  Transported to the interior west during WWII, Americans of Japanese ancestry transformed their places of incarceration through gardening.  Archaeological research at the Colorado internment camp of Amache indicates the vitality and flexibility of this material expression of spirituality.

Clark at Amache

Professor Clark at Amache


Student archaeologist working at Amache


Stone wall at Amache


Pond in entryway garden at Amache


Abalone shell in entryway garden

Clark at DU

Bonnie Clark is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Curator of Archeology for the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Denver.

General Keynote Information: The keynote talk for the Religion in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains conference will take place at 7pm in Sturm 253. The talk will last approximately 45 minutes, with 30-40 minutes for questions and discussion. It is intended as both a research-sharing talk and an opportunity for conference participants and audience members to reflect on the broader implications of this research and the questions behind it for religious faith and practice in the region.

Carl Raschke, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver, will introduce Professor Clark.


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