International Conference 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The name card for participants


Chiyomi Fujioka, member of the Ainu Women's Association, completed designing the name card of participants in the International Conference on Policy towards Indigenous Peoples: Lessons to be learned, and corresponding Indigenous Workshop/Art Exhibition/Performance to be held in Sapporo from 30 November - 4 December. The design hints an owl representing the most important god for the Ainu who protects the Ainu community. In addition, she is a designer of contemporary Ainu patterns. Participants are privileged to get her original name card.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

One more extended programme of the International Conference in Sapporo

The organising committee of the International Conference on Policy towards Indigenous Peoples will host two extended programmes in addition to the International Conference itself, and corresponding Indigenous Workshop/Art Exhibition/Performance. One of them is the excursion to Nibutani, which was announced on 21 October 2017 on this blog. Another one is the following two lectures to be held on 3 December in Sapporo Freedom School:

Madoka Hammine, Ph.D student, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
Educated not to be able to speak your own language? 


Yuito Okada, Epidemiologist, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Cancer Epidemiology Program
Health Activism in Japan and Hawaii; Could UNDRIP promote indigenous health?

Those two extended programmes aim to share the outcomes of the International Conference with local people and civil society. In addition, Madoka is from Ishigaki Island in the Ryukyu Islands. Yuito graduated from a university in Okinawa, and lived in Hokkaido. They kindly help us interpret presentations at session 4: Indigenous women on the front line into Japanese. We are happy to work with those promising young Japanese researchers who study abroad. 






Friday, 10 November 2017

The front and back covers of our abstract book

The front and back covers of our abstract book were finally designed by Tomoko Mitsuno, Yoko Sasaki and Tomas Colbengtson. It may be the first outcome produced by the collaboration between Ainu and Sami peoples for the conference and corresponding Indigenous art event in Sapporo. The design has a poetic story. What do you think is the story? In addition, Anna Petrétei, member of the organising committee, is editing the abstract book in Rovaniemi Finland.


     

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Call for participants in an excursion to Nibutani

The Council for Invigorating Local Communities in Biratori town has made its programme of a two-day excursion to Nibutani, the Ainu dominated community in Biratori town, in cooperation with the municipality of the town. They are calling for participants in the excursion. The programme targets international participants in the five-day event to be held in Sapporo from 30 November to 4 December: the International Conference on Policy towards Indigenous Peoples: Lessons to be learned, and the Indigenous Art Workshop. The deadline for the application is the end of October.

Those participants in the programme will be guided to the Saru River, which is called a cradle of Ainu culture in the Saru area, Dr. Neil Gordon Munro' residence, Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum, and so on by an exclusively reserved bus. In addition, Dr. Munro had lived in Nibutani for nine years since 1933 as a medical doctor and a researcher on Ainu culture. He is still revered by local residents in Nibutani for his devoted medical service for Ainu people, and for his friendship with them. The Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum (http://www.town.biratori.hokkaido.jp/biratori/nibutani/) displays lots of Ainu cultural properties collected by the late folklorist Shigeru Kayano out of his own pocket for future generations of Ainu people. 

The exclusively reserved bus will pick participants up near Sapporo Station at 9:30 am on 5 December and drop some of them off at 3 pm at the Chitose airport and others at 5 pm in Sapporo on 6. A member of the Council for Invigorating Local Communities in Biratori town is likely to come to the International Conference with detailed information on the excursion. She will certainly be at the registration of the International Conference in the morning on 2. In addition, the organising committee of the International Conference does not take responsibility for the programme. Hopefully, those who are interested in the programme will contact the following email address or FB account.  

kuma3so425@gmail.com
Accessible Farm Inn Kumasanso


Dr. Munro's residence in Nibutani





Friday, 13 October 2017

Tomas Colbengtson is preparing for the Indigenous Art Workshop in Sapporo

Tomas Colbengtson is preparing for the two-day Indigenous Art Workshop to be held on 30 November and 1 December at Sapporo Pirka Kotan with other artists: Lena Stenberg, Antonie Frank, Britta Marakatt Labba, Anni-Linn Fjällström Israelsson, Marie Persson, Matti Aiko, Juli Edel Hardenberg and Amanda Kernell.

Katarzyna Postuszak will perform NOMADIC WOMAN with Amareya Theatre in Sapporo

Katarzyna Postuszak, who published her Ph.D dissertation entitled Hijikata Tatsumi’s Ankoku butō – the Theatre of the body-in-crisis in 2014, will perform NOMADIC WOMAN with Amareya Theatre at the Indigenous Art Workshop/Art Exhibition in Sapporo. 

“NOMADIC WOMAN” is a cross-genre and cross-cultural performance about women and their inner and outer immigration, about the situation of indigenous women and their relation to inner and outer landscape. The performance grew out of true life story of Inuit Louise Fontain (Greenland). Her “nomadic” life began in Greenland - she was deported to a foster family in Denmark within governmental education programme encompassing thousands of Inuit children in 1960-70s. Fontain didn't come back home for many years. She lost her mother tongue, contact with family, identity. After many years of exile, she finally realised that her true home is in the inner landscape that she holds within her and in the natural landscape of the far North. 





A Japanese flyer has come out.

A Japanese flyer of the International Conference on Policy towards Indigenous Peoples: Lessons to be learned and corresponding Indigenous Art Workshop/Art Exhibition has come out. It is originally designed by Masumi Tanaka in collaboration with Yoko Sasaki. The scheduled programme against the blue background includes the International Conference, the Indigenous Art Workshop/Art Exhibition by Sami, Greenlandic Inuit and Ainu artists, and the performance of Nomadic Woman by Amareya Theatre in Poland. This academic and art event's key words lie in history, language, culture, environment, women, health and human rights.