A report on Ainu people

Ainu at a traditional marriage ceremony in Hokkaido.
Ainu at a traditional marriage ceremony in Hokkaido.
Hokkaido Ainu clan leader.
Ainu leader
Historical homeland and distribution of the Ainu people.
1843 illustration of Ainu
Photograph of Tatsujiro Kuzuno, a famous Ainu individual.
Sakhalin Ainu in 1904
A picture of Imekanu, right, with her niece Yukie Chiri, famous Ainu Japanese transcriber and translator of Ainu epic tales. (1922)
Three Ainu from Hokkaidō in traditional dress
Ainu man performing a traditional dance
An Ainu from Shiraoi, Hokkaido, c. 1930
"Ainu men" Department of Anthropology, Japanese exposition, 1904 World's Fair.
Map of pre-1945 distribution of Ainu languages and dialects
Woman playing a tonkori
Ainu ceremonial dress, British Museum
Ainu woman with mouth tattoos and live bear.
Bear hunting, 19th century
Ainu people, c. 1840
An Ainu woman from Hokkaido, c. 1930
Ainu house in Hokkaido
Ainu traditional house. Ainu: "cise".
A traditional Ainu marriage ceremony
Chishima Ainu working
Painting of the Ainu iyomante, bear spirit sending ceremony in Hokkaido (1875)
Ainu traditional ceremony, c. 1930
National Ainu Museum interior
Ainu cultural promotion centre and museum, in Sapporo (Sapporo Pirka Kotan)
The Oki Dub Ainu Band, led by the Ainu Japanese musician Oki, in Germany in 2007
Ainu people in front of a traditional building in Shiraoi, Hokkaido.
Karafuto (Sakhalin) Ainu family behind their house in 1912.
Historical extent of the Ainu
Ainu houses (from Popular Science Monthly Volume 33, 1888).
Plan of an Ainu house.
The family would gather around the fireplace.
Interior of the house of Ainu - Saru River basin.

The Ainu are the indigenous people of the lands surrounding the Sea of Okhotsk, including Hokkaido Island, Northeast Honshu Island, Sakhalin Island, the Kuril Islands, the Kamchatka Peninsula and Khabarovsk Krai, before the arrival of the Yamato Japanese and Russians.

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Ainu at a traditional marriage ceremony in Hokkaido.

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Christoph Meiners' 1785 treatise The Outline of History of Mankind was the first work to use the term Caucasian (Kaukasisch) in its wider racial sense. (click on image for English translation of the text)

Caucasian race

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Obsolete racial classification of human beings based on a now-disproven theory of biological race.

Obsolete racial classification of human beings based on a now-disproven theory of biological race.

Christoph Meiners' 1785 treatise The Outline of History of Mankind was the first work to use the term Caucasian (Kaukasisch) in its wider racial sense. (click on image for English translation of the text)
Drawing of the skull of a Georgian female by Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, used as an archetype for the Caucasian racial characteristics in his 1795 De Generis Humani Varietate

Carleton S. Coon (1939) included the populations native to all of Central and Northern Asia, including the Ainu people, under the Caucasoid label.

Man wearing a sapanpe

Sapanpe

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Man wearing a sapanpe
A sapanpe exhibited in a museum in Stockholm

The sapanpe (Ainu/Japanese: サパンペ) is a ritual crown worn by adult men during traditional Ainu ceremonies.

Ainu Association of Hokkaido

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The Hokkaido Utari Association (北海道ウタリ協会) is an umbrella group of which most Hokkaidō Ainu and some other Ainu are members.

National Ainu Museum and Park

National Ainu Museum

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Museum located in Shiraoi, Hokkaidō, Japan.

Museum located in Shiraoi, Hokkaidō, Japan.

National Ainu Museum and Park

The museum's mission is "to promote a proper understanding and awareness of Ainu history and culture in Japan and elsewhere out of respect for the dignity of the indigenous Ainu people, while contributing to the creation and development of new aspects of Ainu culture".

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Ainu folk music

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Woman playing traditional Ainu tonkori zither
Mukkuri.

Ainu music is the musical tradition of the Ainu people of northern Japan.

Hokkaido wolf

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Extinct subspecies of gray wolf that once inhabited coastal north-east Asia.

Extinct subspecies of gray wolf that once inhabited coastal north-east Asia.

Specimen in Hokkaido Museum
Japanese archipelago 20,000 years ago with Hokkaido island and Sakhalin island bridged to the mainland, thin black line indicates present-day shorelines.

Ezo is a Japanese word meaning "foreigner" and referred to the historical lands of the Ainu people to the north of Honshu, which the Japanese named Ezo-chi.

Language revitalization

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Attempt to halt or reverse the decline of a language or to revive an extinct one.

Attempt to halt or reverse the decline of a language or to revive an extinct one.

The Ainu language of the indigenous Ainu people of northern Japan is currently moribund, but efforts are underway to revive it.

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Tamasay

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A tamasay (or tamasai) is a bead necklace worn by Ainu women for special occasions.

Iomante

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Iomante (イオマンテ), sometimes written as Iyomante (イヨマンテ), is an Ainu ceremony in which a brown bear is sacrificed.

Volume 1 cover, featuring Sugimoto

Golden Kamuy

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Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Satoru Noda.

Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Satoru Noda.

Volume 1 cover, featuring Sugimoto
The first opening theme is performed by Man with a Mission.

The story follows Saichi Sugimoto, a veteran of the early twentieth-century Russo-Japanese War, and his quest to find a huge fortune of gold of the Ainu people, helped by a young Ainu girl named Asirpa.