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"In the 20th century, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to hide the existence of the Indigenous Ainu. Then the Ainu fought back like their cousins, the bears."

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/ainu...ice-pride/
This is a very interesting piece. I was completely ignorant of the Ainu before reading this.

This particular bit about the '70s seems evergreen when it comes to supporting indigenous people: «yet again, outsiders had hijacked their narrative, ignoring who the Ainu truly were and what they wanted.»

The question «[h]ow do the Ainu assert their modern identity?» seems relevant to what I was reading earlier today by Judith Butler, about "the right to appear," in which e.g. minority groups use their power to appear publicly and enter public discourse, thereby raising these questions through e.g. direct action, demanding and taking the right to appear all in one performative action.

Thanks a lot far sharing this. It would be great to see more quality articles linked & discussed on here.