Ainu are Japan’s indigenous people

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The Ainu (アイヌ) (also called Ezo in historical texts) are the little known indigenous people of  Japan who were only officially recognized as Japan’s indigenous people in 2008The Ainu have suffered  a long history of discrimination and cultural suppression with land annexed and laws imposed banning their language, hunting and religious practices.

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Like the American Indians, Australian aborigines, the Japanese Ainu have had to their fight for cultural survival and acceptance over the last century but some change is in the air for the Ainu.

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3 Responses to “Ainu are Japan’s indigenous people”

  1. mufti Says:

    Here’s the online Smithsonian museum exhibition: http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/features/ainu/

  2. lisa Says:

    sad how they are treated

  3. zenmaster Says:

    @lisa, just like all other indigenous people around the world

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