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Ito Oda

Winner of the 2nd Ainu Cultural Award (Individual)

Ito Oda

 Ito Oda has striven to pass on and spread oral literature and to revive ceremonies and rituals of the Ainu for many years. Oda is particularly active in spreading the Ainu language. She teaches at the Chitose Ainu Language School and presents Ainu language plays annually. She has also contributed greatly to the preservation and succession of upopo, horippa and other traditional Ainu dances, as well as traditional Ainu cooking. Oda presented the Ainu's view of nature in an autobiographical book of spiritual culture entitled "In the Bosom of the Fire Deity," published in March 1993.

 

 

Date of birth: May 24, 1911
Current address: Chitose, Hokkaido

 

1986 Cooperates in the shooting of and appears in the video "Chitose River -- Chipusanke" produced by NHK.
1991 Cooperates in the editing of the "Report on Traditional Ainu Dancing" produced by the Hokkaido Board of Education.
1993 JICC publishes a collection of Oda's talks entitled "In the Bosom of the Fire Deity." Cooperates in the production of and appears in the video "A Road to Coexistence" produced by the Ainu Association of Hokkaido.
1994 Cooperates in the production of and appears in the video "Learning Ainu Culture" produced by the Association for the Transmission and Maintenance of Ainu Intangible Culture. Cooperates with the production of the Ainu language textbook and video "AKOR ITAK" produced by the Ainu Association of Hokkaido, and appears in the video.
1995 Cooperates in the editing of the "Dictionary of the Chitose dialect of the Ainu Language" (by Hiroshi Nakagawa).

 

* Has cooperated in compiling many other surveys and the production of historical records.