The companion Web site to a Smithsonian exhibit, "Ainu: Spirit of a Northern
People," provides background information on the Ainu and also gives an
insider's view on how a museum show is pulled together.
Benedek Baráthosi Balogh, a school teacher from Hungary, first became
fascinated with the Ainu people during a visit in 1908. The Museum of
Ethnography in Budapest offers an impressive online "sample" of the hundreds of
photographs, sketches, and artifacts Baráthosi Balogh brought home from
his travels among the Ainu.
Committed to researching, restoring, and reproducing Ainu culture, FRPAC
actively lobbies the Japanese government and people to acknowledge and honor
the Ainu's contributions to Japanese culture.
BooksThe Ainu and Their Folklore
by the Rev. John Batchelor. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1901.
nearly 25 years proselytizing and observing among the Ainu in the second half
of the last century, Batchelor wrote this, his second book on the Ainu. Highly
detailed and profusely illustrated with the author's own photographs and
drawings, it covers everything from fetiches to fishing, education to exorcism.
See Ainu Legends.
Ainu Creed and Cult
by Neil Gordon Munro.
New York: Kegan Paul International, 1996.
First published in 1962, 20 years after the author's death, this authoritative
book was written by a Scot who spent the last 12 years of his life among the
Ainu of Hokkaido. It is an amateur anthropologist's take on Ainu ceremonies,
funerary practices, spirit beliefs, and other customs.
Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir by Kayano Shigeru.
Boulder: Westview Press, 1994
A highly personal memoir of three generations of a contemporary Ainu family,
and by extension of Ainu culture and history in general, this book serves as
Shigeru's fervent contribution to preserving the Ainu's fast-dwindling cultural
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