I would like to thank Michael Hoffman for his Feb. 19 review of the book “AINU SPIRITS SINGING: The Living World of Chiri Yukie’s Ainu Shinyoshu” (by Sarah M. Strong). I am an American Indian, and the stories of the Ainu have always been of interest to me. During my visits to Japan I have looked for the Ainu, but have never had the pleasure of meeting one.
Hoffman’s review was very reminiscent of the creation stories of my people. I feel that I understand very well how these Ainu felt as they watched their culture become enveloped.
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