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A large snow sculpture representing the National Ainu Museum and Park in Sapporo in 2020. The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology's apology marks the first time that an academic society in Japan or abroad has apologized to the Ainu people, according to the Ainu Association of Hokkaido.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 5, 2024
Anthropology society apologizes to Ainu people over past actions
The apology comes comes after a series of lawsuits filed in the 2010s seeking the repatriation of Ainu remains excavated for research purposes.
Reindeer that belong to Sami herder Nils Mathis Sara, 65, run in a winter pasture near Geadgebarjavri up on the Finnmark plateau, Norway, last month.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Apr 3, 2024
Reindeer herders battle power line needed for Norway's climate goal
The conflict illustrates the difficult choices countries must make to cut greenhouse gas emissions and power future growth.
A traditional Ainu preserved food called "satchep" (dried fish) being made at the government-run National Ainu Museum and Park, nicknamed Upopoy, in the town of Shiraoi, Hokkaido, on Dec. 25
JAPAN / Society
Apr 3, 2024
Japan academic society apologizes to Ainu people
It is the first time that an academic society in Japan or abroad has apologized to the Ainu people, according to the Ainu Association of Hokkaido.
Eleven portraits of Ainu chieftains, completed in 1790, are now held by the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology in Besancon, France. There were originally 12 paintings in the original set, collectively known as the “Ishu Retsuzo,” but one has disappeared.
JAPAN / History / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Feb 26, 2024
The ongoing mystery of the Ainu portraits in France
A former Hokkaido journalist is hoping to find out how portraits of Ainu chieftains from 1790 made it to Europe.
Sunset at Cape Puyuni in Hokkaido, Japan. The northern island is home to the indigenous Ainu.
JAPAN / History / The Living Past
Jan 21, 2024
To Bird, a savage. To Chiri, alive and aglow.
When given a pen, Yukie Chiri wrote about the Ainu in ways outsiders never tried to understand.
Participants in traditional Korean attire holds signs using the Korean Hangul script — used to document the language of the Cia-Cia ethnic group, which has no written form — on Buton island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 14.
Dec 20, 2023
Indigenous Indonesians use Korean letters to save dialect
The language of the Cia-Cia ethnic group in southeast Sulawesi province's Baubau has no written form.
Mio Sugita
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 17, 2023
LDP lawmaker Mio Sugita under fire again over Ainu comments
In September this year, the Sapporo Legal Affairs Bureau found that her blog post about the Ainu people in 2016 violated their human rights.
Construction works at the site of the proposed Amazon regional headquarters development beyond the Liesbeek River in Cape Town, South Africa
WORLD / Society
Oct 23, 2023
How one river highlights South Africa's land inequality
The river has become emblematic of the myriad of sometimes conflicting land disputes in a country struggling to right the wrongs of the past.
Ashleigh Surma (second from right) assists Elva Case (left), Linda Lupe (second from left) and Joycelene Johnson in recording indigenous languages during the ICILDER 2023 Conference in Bloomington, Indiana
WORLD / Society
Oct 20, 2023
Tech breathes new life into endangered Native American languages
Of the more than 6,000 Indigenous languages recognized globally, nearly half of them are at risk of disappearing.
Australia had the chance to embrace reconciliation with its First Nations peoples in the Voice referendum. Voters chose division instead.
Oct 17, 2023
Ignorance sank Australia’s Indigenous Voice referendum
Australia had the choice to embrace reconciliation with its First Nations peoples. Misinformation, dirty politics and apathy prevailed instead.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks at Parliament House in Canberra on Saturday following the defeat of the Voice referendum.
Oct 15, 2023
Australia referendum failure may mean more divisive politics
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese misread the public mood, analysts said, as he took responsibility for the referendum result.
Voters fill out ballot papers at a polling station on Sydney's Bondi Beach on Saturday as polls open in Australia's historic Indigenous rights referendum.
Oct 14, 2023
Australian voters reject greater Indigenous rights
The result will be a setback to reconciliation efforts with Indigenous Australians and a political blow to the center-left Labor government.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks during a campaign launch in Adelaide for the "yes" vote in an upcoming referendum on whether to change the country's constitution to officially recognize Indigenous peoples.
Oct 8, 2023
Australia PM ‘optimistic’ on referendum but would respect ‘no’ vote
Since the country’s federation in 1901, only eight out of 44 referendums have been successful, the most recently in 1977.
Teacher Tarna Andrews at the local school grounds, ahead of a nationwide referendum on Indigenous issues, in Areyonga, Australia
Oct 5, 2023
In Australia's outback, Indigenous proposal struggles to inspire
In just over a week, Australians will vote on a referendum on Indigenous issues. However, the very people it is designed to help know little about it.
Tourists leave Ittoqqortoormiit, Denmark, after visiting the village on Aug. 20.
Oct 4, 2023
Inuit hunters blame cruise ships as narwhal disappear
While some view Arctic tourism as a means to reinvigorate the community, others worry it could destroy the last surviving Inuit hunting societies.
The All Blacks perform the haka in front of Scotland before their match in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Nov. 13, 2022.
Sep 7, 2023
All Blacks prepared to unleash haka at Rugby World Cup
The haka is a fierce war dance that was originally used to prepare Maori warriors for battle and has since been adopted by the All Blacks.
A Yes23 volunteer holds pamphlets while speaking with commuters about Australia's upcoming Voice to Parliament referendum, in Melbourne.
Sep 4, 2023
Most Australians oppose constitutional Indigenous panel, poll shows
The proposed Indigenous committee would advise Parliament on matters affecting Indigenous people in the country.
A demonstrator blocks a military vehicle in the city of Imphal on Aug. 3 during a protest against the killings of Kuki peoples amid ethnic violence in the Indian state of Manipur.
Aug 10, 2023
India’s state of violence
The slow-burning horror in its northeastern state of Manipur has shaken the country and paralyzed its Parliament. And there is no resolution in sight.
A protester outside a meeting between then-Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indigenous leaders in 2015. Discussions around a referendum on whether to recognize Indigenous people in the Australian constitution have been held for years, and the vote will be held soon.
Aug 9, 2023
Tough road ahead for Australia’s landmark Indigenous referendum
The campaign to recognize Indigenous people in Australia's constitution in an upcoming referendum may be losing steam, polls say.
Employees of a fishing net manufacturer, including Ainu Indigenous people, work at a facility in Urahoro, Hokkaido, in June.
Jul 23, 2023
In Hokkaido, an Ainu group's lawsuit and climate change converge on salmon fishing
The Raporo Ainu Nation in Hokkaido is fighting for its Indigenous rights to fish for salmon. But warming waters are raising questions about future fish stocks.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?