Ainu: spirit of a northern people

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Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in association with University of Washington Press, 1999 - Art - 415 pages
"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, andother aspects of the culture of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, now principally found in Hokkaido and smaller far northern islands. Hundredsof 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 availableon Ainu prehistory, material culture, and ethnohistory." - Library Journal

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Ainu, a term meaning "humans," is used by native peoples of northern Japan to refer to themselves. Formerly, the Ainu also inhabited the Kurile Islands, southern Sakhalin Island, and a portion of ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Fitzhugh is director of the Arctic Studies Center and curator of anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Dubreuil, of native Ainu descent, is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

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