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Title: Sumiko M. Yamamoto Interview
Narrator: Sumiko M. Yamamoto
Interviewers: Tom Ikeda (primary); Barbara Takei (secondary)
Location: Sacramento, California
Date: December 8, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-ysumiko-01-0015

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TI: So, Sue, we're going to start the second hour now. And we were just sort of finishing up with Poston. Before we go from Poston to Tule Lake, what other memories do you have of Poston? I mean, were there, so you're a young woman, did you start, like, noticing boys when you were at Poston and things like that?

SY: No, no. [Laughs]

TI: How about the school at Poston? Do you remember anything about the school?

SY: I think I went I went to junior, junior class. I don't remember who my teacher was or how many classes we had or... I remember going to barracks.

TI: Now, did you ever leave Poston for any of the surrounding areas, or were you aware that Poston was on an Indian reservation? Was that something that you were aware of?

SY: No. Oh, I remember, I think there were about five or six of us, in the morning, early morning, I think about six or six-thirty, we started hiking and going up the hill or mountain, and then we found these... what do you call those? Those woods? The ironwoods or whatever you call it?

TI: Okay, yeah, ironwood, people like to...

SY: Yeah, yeah, they make canes or something out of it. We went there and that's where we went. It took us about two or three hours walking up to that place. That was fun. [Laughs]

TI: Now, would people ever get lost out there? I mean, was it ever a danger of people sort of getting disoriented and being out in the desert and getting lost?

SY: No. There weren't any fences, so you could just wander off, but I guess you won't last very long, desert all over the place.

TI: And do you recall ever visiting any small towns or anything like that?

SY: No, no.

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