A lot of work went into the annual Heart Mountain Obon festival. Buddhist reverends pored over their services, volunteers spent weeks training dancers, and the Bussei clubs worked round the clock to make and hang decorations. For the Nikkei, Obon didn’t just honor the ancestors; it celebrated the survival of the Japanese American community. Locked inside Heart Mountain, the festival came to mean even more. It was a burst of vivid color against the drab backdrop of the high desert, and an unspoken promise between incarcerees that however bleak things looked now, they would make their future brighter.

Some of that Obon spirit persists today in the Heart Mountain Pilgrimage. Each year, we gather to reflect on the past and to pay our respects to those who came before us. But we also gather to strengthen our ties to one another, to commemorate our accomplishments, and to confirm our shared resolve to stop history from repeating itself. The Pilgrimage is about remembering, but it is also about what we do with that memory–how we preserve it, share it, and use it to transform the world around us. Join us for the 2020 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage!

If the 2020 Pilgrimage is cancelled for any reason, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation will issue full refunds to all registrants. 

  • If you need to cancel your registration anytime between now and May 31, 2020 we will issue a full refund, less a $50.00 processing fee. 
  • If you cancel between June 1 and June 30, 2020, we will issue a 50% refund less the $50.00 processing fee. 
  • The HMWF will waive these fees, on an individual basis, for those who have health or other serious issues. 
  • To receive a refund and to cancel your registration, please contact us at info@heartmountain.org or (307) 754-8000.

MARCH 1-31*

*Online registration for Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation members only from March 1-31. General Registration opens on April 1.
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