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By Kayano Shigeru,Mark Selden

This booklet is a gorgeous and relocating own account of the Ainu, the local population of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, whose land, economic climate, and tradition were absorbed and destroyed in fresh centuries by means of advancing jap. in accordance with the author's personal reviews and on tales handed down from iteration to iteration, the ebook chronicles the disappearing world—and brave rebirth—of this little-understood people.Kayano describes with disarming simplicity and frankness the non-public conflicts he confronted because of the tensions among a conventional and a contemporary society and his lifelong efforts to give a boost to a residing Ainu tradition. A grasp storyteller, he paints a shiny photograph of the Ainus' ecologically delicate way of life, which revolved round endure searching, fishing, farming, and woodcutting.Unlike the few current ethnographies of the Ainu, this account is the 1st written by means of an insider in detail tied to his personal tradition but conversant in the methods of outsiders. talking with an extraordinary directness to the Ainu and common human adventure, this e-book will curiosity all readers all in favour of the destiny of indigenous peoples.

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