Ainu | Hito (Ainu – Indigenous People of Japan)

Ainu | Hito (Ainu – Indigenous People of Japan)

  • 2019 -
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  • - 1 hour 20 minutes

The Ainu are the Indigenous people of Japan. Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, was previously called Ainumosir, or land of the Ainu. Ainu traditions are facing a critical situation; the latest survey revealed that the Ainu population is less than 20,000 people in Hokkaido, and UNESCO has recognized the language as ‘critically endangered.’

This documentary was filmed in Biratori town in Hokkaido, where many people with Ainu roots still live.
It is also known as the hometown of the late Shigeru Kayano, who contributed greatly to the field of research on Ainu culture.

This documentary tells the story of how Ainucultural traditions are alive now through people’s efforts.

Screening Information

1 pm
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 September
Cine Iti
Māoriland Hub

TRAILER: Ainu | Hito (Ainu – Indigenous People of Japan)
  • Indigenous Nation Ainu
  • Country Japan
  • Director Naomi Mizoguchi
  • Producer Gara Films
  • Indigenous Key Creative Maki Sekine
  • Premiere Status New Zealand Premiere
  • Indigenous Key Creative Bio Sekine grew up surrounded by traditional culture and crafts practiced by his grandparents’ generation. Fascinated by nature, she is now an accomplished artisan, producing wood carvings, attus fiber weavings, and embroidery using traditional Ainu designs. She creates various works with the hope of sharing the charms of Ainu culture with a wide audience.Sekine is passionate about making items for daily use by employing traditional designs and methods and arranging them in new ways. She has also poured energy into publicizing the Nibutani culture, including artisanship, worldwide so that younger generations will have the chance to be exposed to it.