Data/Hora 15/03/2021 / 17:00 - 18:00
Ainu, Okinawa and Indigeneity Series
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Centro de Pesquisa Japonesa (CJR) – Vancouver Campus
Instituto de Pesquisa Asiática – Vancouver, Canadá
A série “Série Ainu, Okinawa e Indigeneity” examina histórias do colonialismo e seus impactos sobre os povos indígenas. A Dieta Japonesa reconheceu oficialmente os Ainu como indígenas do Japão para promover e proteger a cultura Ainu. Mas, alguma coisa mudou desde então? O povo Uchinānchu / Okinawa continua a enfrentar diferentes tipos de desafios e lutas, pois não são oficialmente reconhecidos como “indígenas” ou mesmo como “um grupo minoritário”. Embora os povos Ainu e Uchinānchu sejam grupos distintos e “Indigeneidade” seja uma identidade adotada por alguns e não por outros, são questões que essas pessoas enfrentam.
Ainu: 150 years of resilience
Dr. Kanako Uzawa, Independent scholar and performer
The Ainu people of northern Japan were officially recognized as Indigenous peoples by the Japanese government in 2008. Ainu means human being in the Ainu language. Ainu have traditionally lived in the geographic area of the Kurile Islands, southern Sakhalin, and Hokkaidō and part of Honshu (the largest island of the Japanese archipelago). Traditional livelihoods were based on hunting, fishing, and foraging wild plants and herbs, activities that remain part of contemporary life for Ainu people today. Despite assimilationist government policies resulting in cultural and linguistic loss among Ainu—a history shared with many other Indigenous peoples—today Ainu political movements and Ainu Studies continue to expand and reposition Ainu voices within a framework of public and academic discourse. Her presentation focuses on a new form of Ainu Studies by illustrating the contemporary livelihood of Ainu in Japan. Dr. Uzawa will demonstrate how Ainu issues can be discussed in relation to global Indigenous politics. Drawing from the Ainu case to highlight the complexity of Indigenous politics, she will also offer some examples from the Sami people in Norway.
About the Speaker
Kanako Uzawa obtained her doctorate from the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø in 2020. Dr. Uzawa is currently engaged with the Arctic Challenge for Sustainability II (ArCS II) project as a research collaborator, and with an artistic collaborative project, Humans & Soil, which uses performance to explore repatriation of the human remains of Ainu people in Japan and Sámi in Sweden. She grew up among Ainu people both in Nibutani, Hokkaidō and in Tokyo. As a member of the Association of Rera in Tokyo, she learned Ainu songs and dances from elders, and became a cultural performer as well as an advocate for the Ainu community. This experience encouraged her to pursue an MA in Indigenous Studies and a PhD in Norway. She carried out an internship at the International Labour Organisation, Genève, Switzerland, and worked with the Project to Promote ILO Policy on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (PRO 169).
Dia 15/03/2021, segunda-feira, das 17h às 18h (horário do Brasil)
- Monday, March 15, 2021 12-1PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
- Monday, March 15, 2021 3-4PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
- Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5-6AM in Japan Time
Cadastro prévio requerido https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5cuc-mvrjMrGdwB7F_HIU7SbADpGkQn05Q9
Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, Museum of Anthropology, Anthropology and Asian Studies
Dr. Ayaka Yoshimizu, Asian Studies
Dr. Joshua S. Mostow, CJR and Asian Studies
Dr. Christina Laffin, Asian Studies
Japan Foundation, Toronto Office
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