Japanese American making jewelry
ddr-densho-2-61 (Legacy UID: denshopd-p2-00061)
Peggie Yorita makes jewelry from shells found at the Tule Lake concentration camp. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed, where people found shells for making jewelry to sell to camp personnel. Shells were scarce, and digging became competitive. To beat the rush, some peopel got up at sunrise and dug waist-deep holes in order to find the shells. Some had homemade wire sieves for sifting the sand.
Courtesy of the Bain Family Collection