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Hygiene, Masculinity, and Imprisonment: The Archaeology of Japanese Internees at Idaho's Kooskia Internment Camp

Author(s): Kyla E Fitz-Gerald

Year: 2015

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Summary

Historical archaeology provides many insights about unexpected aspects of daily life. One example is the hygiene and beauty practices of the men at World War II Kooskia Internment camp located near Kooskia, Idaho. Excavations in 2010 and 2013 resulted in the recovery of a variety of objects documenting men’s grooming in the camp, including items such as cold cream jars, a cologne bottle, and shampoo bottles. This work explores how these everyday objects provide new insight into the hygiene practices of the Kooskia Internees and how they reflected influences of both Japanese and American culture during a period of considerable animosity towards Japanese Americans.


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Hygiene, Masculinity, and Imprisonment: The Archaeology of Japanese Internees at Idaho's Kooskia Internment Camp. Kyla E Fitz-Gerald. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433848)


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Temporal Keywords
WWII


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 587

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America