Our Land Was A Forest: An Ainu Memoir, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Our Land Was A Forest

An Ainu Memoir, 1st Edition

By Kayano Shigeru, Mark Selden, Kayano Shigeru


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This book is a beautiful and moving personal account of the Ainu, the native inhabitants of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, whose land, economy, and culture have been absorbed and destroyed in recent centuries by advancing Japanese. Based on the author's own experiences and on stories passed down from generation to generation, the book chronicle

Table of Contents

1. Our Nibutani Valley, 2. The Four Seasons in the Ainu Community, 3. My Grandfather, a Slave to the Shamo, 4. Following Forced Evacuation, 5. A Long Absence from School, 6. My Father's Arrest, 7. An Adolescence Away from Home, 8. Realizing My Dream of Becoming a Foreman, 9. Lucky Is the One Who Dies First, 10. The Teachings of Chiri Mashiho, 11. Making the Acquaintance of Kindaichi Kyosuke, 12. Building the Museum of Ainu Cultural Resources, 13. As a Member of the Ainu People, Epilogue

About the Authors

Kayano Shigeru is the founder and director of the Kayano Shigeru Ainu Memorial Museum. He is a Diet member, the first Ainu to be elected. Kyoko Selden teaches Japanese at Cornell University. Lili Selden is a graduate student in Japanese literature at the University of Michigan.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies