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Ainu: A Story of Japanís Original People
Kayano Shigeru (au); Iijima Shunichi (il); David T. Suzuki (pf)
Introduces readers to the Ainu people of Hokkaido, Japanís original inhabitants. The author is Japanís best known Ainu and his mission is to save the Ainu language and culture. The Ainu lived in an enchanted world filled with gods and spirits until their peaceful paradise was shattered by Japanese attempts to dominate them. The Ainuís rich history and culture, and their changing way of life is depicted through the eyes of a young Ainu boy. The narrative is interspersed with folktales and riveting encounters with gods. Features vivid descriptions of customs, clothing, food, habitats and beliefs. The full-color illustrations capture the natural surroundings of the Ainu and their historical relations with the Japanese. Translated from the Japanese ed.
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