Ainu Itak: An introduction to the Ainu language and its current state | YIRA Japan Trip 2013

Ainu Itak: An introduction to the Ainu language and its current state | YIRA Japan Trip 2013

Ainu couple. The Ainu language.  For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_language

Ainu couple. The Ainu language. For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_language

Kutoroge was met by Starr while on a bear hunt and was instantly invited to St. Louis in 1904. He was joined by his wife, Shutratek, and their daughter, Kiko. © The Field Museum

Kutoroge was met by Starr while on a bear hunt and was instantly invited to St. Louis in 1904. He was joined by his wife, Shutratek, and their daughter, Kiko. © The Field Museum

Ainu language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ainu language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The origin of the Ainu people in Japan is unknown and the Ainu speak a language that resembles no other language on Earth. The great majority of the Ainu live on Japan's 2nd largest island, Hokkaido. Ainu are light-skinned. Some have red or brown hair and green or blue eyes. Scientists have not been able to determine where these people came from. According to the Ainu themselves, their ancestors came from the sky, in other words, they are of extraterrestrial origin.

The origin of the Ainu people in Japan is unknown and the Ainu speak a language that resembles no other language on Earth. The great majority of the Ainu live on Japan's 2nd largest island, Hokkaido. Ainu are light-skinned. Some have red or brown hair and green or blue eyes. Scientists have not been able to determine where these people came from. According to the Ainu themselves, their ancestors came from the sky, in other words, they are of extraterrestrial origin.

In Japan, the Ainu language is largely unknown and unloved, but linguists are fascinated by its mysteries

In Japan, the Ainu language is largely unknown and unloved, but linguists are fascinated by its mysteries

The Ainu people are one of the indigenous groups in Japan and Russia. Historically they spoke the Ainu language and lived in Hokkaido, the Kuril Islands, and Sakhalin. Today, the remaining Ainus still live mostly in Hokkaido but due to intermarriage between them and the “Yamato” Japanese, the concept of a pure Ainu group is no longer feasible.

The Ainu people are one of the indigenous groups in Japan and Russia. Historically they spoke the Ainu language and lived in Hokkaido, the Kuril Islands, and Sakhalin. Today, the remaining Ainus still live mostly in Hokkaido but due to intermarriage between them and the “Yamato” Japanese, the concept of a pure Ainu group is no longer feasible.

In Japan, the Ainu language is largely unknown and unloved, but linguists are fascinated by its mysteries | Public Radio International

In Japan, the Ainu language is largely unknown and unloved, but linguists are fascinated by its mysteries | Public Radio International

A prizewinning animated short in the indigenous Ainu language is helping raise international awareness of Hokkaido’s environmental issues and promote human coexistence with nature. Filmmaker Tune Sugihara created "Shichigorosawa no Kitsune" (The Fox of Shichigorosawa) in cooperation with the Ainu people, an ethnic group native to Hokkaido in northern Japan. “I hope as many people as possible will hear the beautiful sound of the Ainu language,” said Sugihara.

A prizewinning animated short in the indigenous Ainu language is helping raise international awareness of Hokkaido’s environmental issues and promote human coexistence with nature. Filmmaker Tune Sugihara created "Shichigorosawa no Kitsune" (The Fox of Shichigorosawa) in cooperation with the Ainu people, an ethnic group native to Hokkaido in northern Japan. “I hope as many people as possible will hear the beautiful sound of the Ainu language,” said Sugihara.

Wood carving has been an important part of Ainu culture, surviving after political changes in the late 19th forced the Ainu to find new ways of making a living. After Russia expanded south into the Kurile islands in the 18th century, Japan responded by taking control of Hokkaido, then known as Ezo. In 1871, a new Family Registration Law classified Ainu as Japanese subjects under Japanese laws. Land was nationalized. Ainu language, customs were banned. Worst of all, hunting, fishing were…

Wood carving has been an important part of Ainu culture, surviving after political changes in the late 19th forced the Ainu to find new ways of making a living. After Russia expanded south into the Kurile islands in the 18th century, Japan responded by taking control of Hokkaido, then known as Ezo. In 1871, a new Family Registration Law classified Ainu as Japanese subjects under Japanese laws. Land was nationalized. Ainu language, customs were banned. Worst of all, hunting, fishing were…

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