Profile of FRPAC

Shigiko Teshi

Winner of the 8th Ainu Cultural Promotion Award (Individual)

Shigiko Teshi

She was born in Kussharo Kotan, where she was raised by her grandmother during her childhood. She learned Ainu culture through her daily living. Aiming to hand down the ritual of sending back the bear's soul to the sacred domain, which she experienced in the childhood, play, work, etc. To posterity, she initiated research on Ainu culture in 1965.
Playing a central role in the Akan Ainu Culture Preservation Society since its foundation, she has participated at events throughout Japan.
In addition, she also took part in the World Jew's Harp Festival held in Russia, Australia and other places as a very skillful performer of mukkuri (Ainu mouth harp). In this regard, she also contributes to the promotion and dissemination of Ainu culture by introducing it to the rest of the world.
Currently, she works for the Akan Ainu Craftwork Cooperative Association as a lecturer on Ainu lifestyles. In the meantime, she teaches younger people through her participation in Ainu events held at Lake Akan Ainu Kotan, contributing to the promotion, dissemination and raising of awareness of Ainu culture.

Date of birth: March 10, 1931 (currently 73 years old)
Resident of Akan Town, Akan-gun, Hokkaido

1965 Launches research on Ainu culture
1976 Performes in Paris as a member of "Yukar Theater" of the Akan Ainu Culture Preservation Society
1979 Conducts cultural exchanges with the ethnic minority in Shilin (The Stone Forest), Yunnan Province in the People's Republic of China
1994 Makes entry into the "World Jew's Harp Festival" (in 1987 and 1988)
1997 Participates in cultural exchanges with indigenous people in Alaska
2001 Publishes "Watashi no kotan (My Kotan)"
Releases CD "Tune of Mukkuri: Jew's Harp of Ainu People and Songs"


*  She has also cooperated with many surveys and investigations.