*First broadcast on December 30, 2021. The Ainu are an indigenous people who live in Hokkaido Prefecture (northern Japan) and surrounding areas. Traditionally, they were hunter-gatherers who shared a close relationship with the natural world. In the second of 2 episodes about the Ainu, we look at young Ainu in modern Japan who are conserving and promoting their ancestral culture. Our guest is Sasaki Shiro, Executive Director of the National Ainu Museum. He introduces a special exhibition centered around a popular manga series.
Peter Barakan reads "Ainu Shinyoshu" ("Collected Stories of the Ainu Gods")
These are replicas of Ainu tools that featured in the "Golden Kamuy" manga series
Sekine Maya (left) has a YouTube channel that promotes Ainu culture and teaches the Ainu language