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Cane from Lordsburg, NM Internment Camp

Cane from Lordsburg, NM Internment Camp ca. 1940s

Cane from Lordsburg, NM Internment Camp ca. 1940s (detail)

Unidentified artist
Cane from Lordsburg, NM Internment Camp
ca. 1940s
carved wood
30 ½ x 4 x 2 in.
Japanese American Historical Society, 2017.7.5
photo courtesy of Japanese American Historical Society

Detainees often made useful objects and works of art while in detention. This walking cane was made by one of the prisoners at the Lordsburg internment camp in southern New Mexico. The inscription is written in Kanji, a Japanese writing system that uses adopted Chinese characters representing ideas or words. It translates "In enemy camp. North America, New Mexico, Lordsburg."