2017 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage July 28 & 29



Pilgrimage Schedule

VIP Presenters will include National Poetry Slam Champion Champion, G. Yamazawa (left), Emmy-award-winning documentarians Jeff MacIntyre (right) and David Ono, as well as Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and Senator Al Simpson (ret). 

Events on Friday will include a silent auction, a dinner banquet and a dessert reception at the Holiday Inn in Cody, Wyoming as well as educational sessions and a Multigenerational Forum to take place at the Park County Library (transportation from the Holiday Inn to the library will be provided).

Saturday's function will be held at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center between Cody and Powell, Wyoming, and will include admission to the Center as well as special exhibits, including an exhibit by Roger Shimomura, and events. Lunch and transportation from the Holiday Inn in Cody are included with registration.

Children are welcome too! Register kids 11 and under HERE.

In April, we will send out an email with reservation information and more details regarding the event to all early registrants. To sign up for email updates, please do so here.



Sponsor a Student!

Help sponsor a student to attend the multi-day Spoken Word and Digital Storytelling Workshop that will take place in conjunction with the Heart Mountain Pilgrimage. Digital stories are short videos (usually 2-5 minutes), made with photos, videos, drawings, music and narration. They are woven together to form a narrative and are typically told from a first-person point-of-view. The best videos are honest and revealing.


Digital Story: Rock Collecting

In this digital story, Hana Maruyama shares her grandfather's unique relationship with rocks, as a result of his incarceration at Heart Mountain during World War II. Hana, a former Heart Mountain staff member, created this film as the pilot to the digital storytelling effort at the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.


Featured Artist: Roger Shimomura


The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will feature a special exhibition of the works of Roger Shimomura, as well as the premiere of a documentary by Jeff MacIntyre & David Ono featuring the artist's performance and printed works.

Shimomura will be in attendance and will participate in a panel discussing his art, the film, & Japanese American identity in the 21st century.

According to Emily Stamey (The Prints of Roger Shimomura, 2007) Roger Shimomura's work "explores his Japanese American identity through a vibrant and provocative stylistic combination of twentieth-century American Pop art and traditional eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japanese woodblock prints."


2016 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage July 29-30 "Celebrating 5 Years"


Thank You for Coming!

We were so honored to have Luis Valdez as our keynote speaker and our inspiration to continue singing the song of American and Heart Mountain. We appreciate your enduring support of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, the Interpretive Center and our mission.

Click Here to View Our Flickr Album of the 2016 Event!

View the Full 2016 Program (PDF)

Full List of the 2016 Attendees (Coming Soon)


The HMWF would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2016 event: Blair Hotels, Party Time Plus, The Cody Enterprise, Powell Tribune, Wyoming Financial Insurance–Powell, Keele Sanitation, BPO Elks Lodge No. 1611, and the Cody UPS Store. 


The 2015 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage


See a full list of 2015 Attendees

View the Full 2015 Program (PDF)

!Click here to see photos from the 2015 event


We were so honored to have had special guest, G Yamazawa, the 2014 winner of the National Poetry Slam Competition, at the 2015 Pilgrimage!  
Below are the poems he created specifically for the event:



The 2015 Pilgrimage was sponsored by: Studies Weekly, APAICS, JACL, the Cody Enterprise, the Powell Tribune, Party Time Plus, Wyoming Financial Insurance, Vickie Dicks, Blair Hotels, Tule Lake Committee, Keele Sanitation, Marquis Awards, Shiki Japanese Restaurant and The UPS Store-Cody.

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