Ainu keeping traditional culture alive

“The thing that hurt most about being Ainu was the self-loathing — I was negative about myself and thought I was ugly,” says Mina Sakai, the leader of the Ainu Rebels, a dynamic music ensemble of young Ainu performers.

An in-depth Japan Today article shows traditional Ainu people are re-claiming their heritage and self-respect after centuries of oppression. By making their own direct contact with the rest of the world they are bypassing the bigotries of the mainstream culture, and even changing attitudes within Japan. More on the the Japan Today page

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