In June 2018 I spent a week in Granada, Colorado working on a film project with the Amache Research Project – an archaeological, oral history, and museum research endeavor about the Amache Internment Camp (officially Granada Relocation Center) in South Eastern Colorado. With 15 members of the project – former internees and their descendants as well as students from the archaeology field school – we made Super-8 films in response to archival footage that was shot during internment. In order to link the film directly this history we made developer from flowers and plants collected from among the foundations of internee barracks and mess halls.
In a first draft version of the project I worked together with Annie Danis and other program interlocutors to cut together the modern footage with the archival home movies to explore the layering of the sense of the past in the present that being on site at Amache gives. Our narrators are Carlene Tinker from Fresno, CA, who was a small child in camp and a volunteer on the Amache project for 5 summers, and Tomi Eijima from San Francisco whose grandparents were interned in Amache and was an intern and field school student on the Amache project last summer.