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Ainu : spirit of a northern people

Author: William W Fitzhugh; Chisato O Dubreuil; Arctic Studies Center (National Museum of Natural History)
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Association with University of Washington Press, ©1999.
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"Some 55 scholars, mostly Japanese but with a considerable number from the US and Europe, write about the ethnicity, theories of origin, history, economies, art, religious beliefs, mythology, and other aspects of the culture of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, now principally found in Hokkaido and smaller far northern islands. Hundreds of photographs and paintings, mostly in excellent quality color, show a
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Ainu.
[Washington, D.C.] : Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Association with University of Washington Press, c1999
(OCoLC)606291670
Online version:
Ainu.
[Washington, D.C.] : Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Association with University of Washington Press, c1999
(OCoLC)608830028
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William W Fitzhugh; Chisato O Dubreuil; Arctic Studies Center (National Museum of Natural History)
ISBN: 0967342902 9780967342900 0295979127 9780295979120
OCLC Number: 42801973
Notes: Published in association with an exhibition of the same title.
Description: 415 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 28 cm.
Contents: Theories of Ainu origins --
Historic period --
Ainu "discovery": collectors, museums, and the public --
Ainu mosir: land, spriits and culture.
Responsibility: edited by William W. Fitzhugh and Chisato O. Dubreuil.

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"Some 55 scholars, mostly Japanese but with a considerable number from the US and Europe, write about the ethnicity, theories of origin, history, economies, art, religious beliefs, mythology, and other aspects of the culture of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, now principally found in Hokkaido and smaller far northern islands. Hundreds of photographs and paintings, mostly in excellent quality color, show a wide variety of Ainu people, as well as clothing, jewelry, and various artifacts." - "Choice". "The most in-depth treatise available on Ainu prehistory, material culture, and ethnohistory." - "Library Journal".--Amazon.com (2001 ed, book description).

"As soon as the Ainu became known outside Japan in the early 1800s, scholars recognized that their history was different from that of surrounding Japanese, Korean, and Siberian peoples. This book presents a broad range of contemporary scholarship on Ainu studies by leading European, American, and Japanese scholars, and by native Ainu artists and cultural leaders. Using materials from early, unpublished Ainu collections in North America, supplemented by archaeological, archival, and modern Ainu art from Japan, Ainu culture is presented here as a rich blend of traditional and modern belief. Like other extant native cultures, the Ainu have survived by resisting political and economic pressure to assimilate. Although they have lost their northern lands and are confined largely to Hokkaido, their culture and language have recently received official recognition, in Japan and internationally. This book, jointly planned with scholars and the Ainu people, helps bring Ainu history, culture, and art into focus as a rich living tradition."--2000 ed. book description amazon.com.

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