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What is Hostile Terrain 94?

Be sure to visit the official Undocumented Migration Project website at: https://www.undocumentedmigrationproject.org

Hostile Terrain is a participatory project sponsored and organized by The Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De Leon. The exhibition is composed of ~3,200 toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid 1990s and 2019.

“This is a rich project with potential to tell a story about immigration in a new, powerful way that will appeal to emotions and intellect. It encourages active involvement and personal contemplation through the act of creating the toe tags in a way that is visceral.”

-Alyssa Melby

HT94 and the College Mission

St. Olaf College challenges community members to examine faith and values, to be inclusive and to a globally engaged community. Hostile Terrain 94 affords all of us the opportunity to take these goals and put them into practice. The project pulls together members of the community from different disciplines, departments and backgrounds, all passionate about raising awareness, participating in advocacy for migrant communities and creating space for the commemoration of those that have lost their lives and their families.

To Be an Inclusive Community

To be a globally engaged community

To examine faith and values

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