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Ainu Spirits Singing: The Living World of Chiri Yukie's Ainu Shin'yoshu

Sarah M. Strong

Abstract

Indigenous peoples throughout the globe are custodians of a unique, priceless, and increasingly imperiled legacy of oral lore. Among them the Ainu, a people native to northeastern Asia, stand out for the exceptional scope and richness of their oral performance traditions. This book provides a study and English translation of Chiri Yukie's Ainu Shin'yoshu, the first written transcription of Ainu oral narratives by an ethnic Ainu. The thirteen narratives in Chiri's collection belong to the genre known as kamuiyukar, said to be the most ancient performance form in the vast Ainu repertoire. In it, ... More

Keywords: Ainu, indigenous peoples, oral performance, Chiri Yukie, Ainu Shin'yoshu, oral narrative, ancient performance, Hokkaido region, Japanese colonization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835125
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835125.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah M. Strong, author
Bates College