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  • Glittering World Travels

    The Ainu people are one of the indigenous groups in Japan and Russia. Historically they spoke the Ainu language and lived in Hokkaido, the Kuril Islands, and Sakhalin. Today, the remaining Ainus still live mostly in Hokkaido but due to intermarriage between them and the “Yamato” Japanese, the concept of a pure Ainu group is no longer feasible.

  • Sandra Kroll

    Ainu Woman. The Ainu are the indigenous people of Japan, who spoke languages completely unrelated to Japanese. After a century of modernization, forced assimilation, and official denial of their existence as a distinct people, the Ainu were officially recognized in 2008. Hokkaido Ainu, the only remaining Ainu language, will most likely die out entirely in the next few decades. The culture is experiencing a modest revival.

  • K Morel

    Indigenous Ainu woman of  northernJapan about 1890.

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Ainu indigenous people in Japan and Russia

Ainu Woman. The Ainu are the indigenous people of Japan, who spoke languages completely unrelated to Japanese. After a century of modernization, forced assimilation, and official denial of their existence as a distinct people, the Ainu were officially recognized in 2008. Hokkaido Ainu, the only remaining Ainu language, will most likely die out entirely in the next few decades. The culture is experiencing a modest revival.

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This woman is from the Khunty tribe. An endangered indigenous people who live in Russia. Their clothing is beautiful. I have always dreamed of visiting this region of Russia.