News Congratulations, Ainu!
posted by June 10 at 16:43 PMon
You are now (as of last Friday) officially considered an indigenous people of Japan! Rejoice—maybe it’ll make those memories of decades of racism fade away a little bit.
It’s always kind of comforting to see that persecution of indigenous peoples is not an exclusively European trait…
After initial contact with the immigrants, large settlements of the Japanese newcomers gradually spread into Ainu territory. As the Japanese moved north and took control over Ainu lands, the Ainu often gave up without resistance, with some occasional wars in 1457, 1669, and 1789, where the Ainu were defeated. Notable Ainu revolts include Shakushain’s Revolt and the Menashi-Kunashir Battle. Japanese policies became increasingly aimed at assimilating the Ainu in the Meiji period starting in 1868, outlawing their language, forcing them to use Japanese names, redistributing their land to Japanese farmers and restricting them to farming on government-provided plots and as labor in the Japanese fishing industry.
Ainu men generally have dense hair development.