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Japans Vanishing Ainu Will Finally Be Recognized as Indigenous People

Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Ainu, indigenous people, Oki Kano, Hokkaido prefecture, Kuril Islands, Russia, bears, wolves, water, wind, fire )

- 63 days ago -
Early residents of northern Japan in what is now the Hokkaido prefecture and the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin off the east coast of Russia. They revered bears and wolves, and worshiped gods embodied in the natural elements like water, fire and wind.


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Michael F (173)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 11:23 am
Thank You for Sharing This !!!

Lone F (58)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 11:44 am
Thanks Sheryl for this important post! The following sounds all too familiar in Canada and USA: "The act implemented Japan's compulsory national education system in Hokkaido and eliminated traditional systems of Ainu land rights and claims. Over time, the Ainu were forced to give up their land and adopt Japanese customs through a series of government initiatives."

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 3:29 pm
They are part of our history. Pray that they will always be remembered.. Never forgotten.
Thanks Sheryl

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 5:15 pm
You are so correct on what you state Lone, also with the aboriginal people of Australia.

Peggy B (43)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 5:52 pm
TYFS, Sheryl

Animae C (509)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 6:46 pm
Thanx Sheryl & Lone!

Indigenous peoples throughout the world have always been suppressed, slaughtered & against their will forced to adapt to the ruling masses, often the white colonials!! In Australia they were the Stolen Generations!!

i was having this debate last week with the 30 year old son of a friend, it went for 4 hours, he insisted we do too much for our First Nations, they are lazy good for nothings & our government should stop wasting our tax dollars on them.
i was in tears which i did my best to suppress & after hours of his extremely stiff opposition & insistence & my factual reasoning, i do believe i may have planted a tiny seed in his thick white head!!!
It was exhausting!

Animae C (509)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 7:04 pm
"Japanese land minister Keiichi Ishii told reporters Friday that it was important for the Ainu to maintain their ethnic dignity and pass on their culture to create a vibrant and diverse society."

An apology must also be a part of the healing process!!

John J (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2019, 2:27 am
thanks for sharing

Jack Y (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2019, 2:54 am

Jerome S (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2019, 3:06 am
Thank you

Jim Ven (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2019, 3:19 am

Danuta W (1251)
Wednesday April 24, 2019, 3:22 am

Sylvie A (190)
Wednesday April 24, 2019, 3:25 am
Thank you for sharing.

Melania P (123)
Wednesday April 24, 2019, 11:33 am

Glennis W (393)
Wednesday April 24, 2019, 5:22 pm
Thank you for caring and sharing Sheryl
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