ab06

Ainu

Asiahunter-gatherers

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The Ainu are a group of people in northern Japan who used to earn their living mainly by combining hunting, fishing, and plant gathering. Their traditional homeland was the northwest coast of southern Sakhalin Island, a region historically contested by Russia and Japan. At the end of World War II, this land became part of the USSR and the Japanese government relocated many Ainu families to the nearby Hokkaido. Over the years since then, the Ainu as a distinct group have almost disappeared.

Identifier
ab06
Region
  • Asia
Subregion
  • East Asia
Subsistence Type
  • hunter-gatherers
Samples
Countries
  • Japan
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