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The 3rd Ainu Oratorical Contest (Nov 28, 1999)

"Itakan Ro (Let's speak)" in Ainu

Currently, there are language schools in 14 regions within Hokkaido, not to mention others in regions such as Kanto, where many people study the Ainu language - a language unique to the Ainu people.
The Ainu Oratorical Contest is held to give students the opportunity to show each other what they have studied, to communicate and exchange information with people from other areas studying the language in the same way, and to bring people of the local community where it is held, in touch with the Ainu language and culture.
In this Third Contest, there were 27 participants, competing in 17 groups from various areas of Hokkaido and even from Aichi Prefecture, widely ranging from primary school students to people in their 50's. A large audience, including local people, attended. Performances covered various genres as in the last contest - skits, literature and speech.

 

Judges(honorific titles omitted)
Chairman Shigeru Kayano (Teacher, Biratori-cho Nibutani Ainu Language School)
Judges Mutsuko Nakamoto (Teacher, Chitose Ainu Language School)
Fusa Sugimura (Teacher, Asahikawa Ainu Language School)
Hisakazu Fujimura (Professor, Hokkaigakuen University)

 

Results(honorific titles omitted)
First Prize "Let's Sing Together" Asami Tomina (Samani-cho, Hokkaido)
Kasumi Tomina (Samani-cho, Hokkaido)
Yoko Matsumoto (Samani-cho, Hokkaido)
Kazuhiro Komatsu (Samani-cho, Hokkaido)
Second Prize "caranke of a Fox" Kane Kumagai (Samani-cho, Hokkaido)
"No Title" Katsuko Kusumoto (Sapporo, Hokkaido)
"Sukean Ro Ipean Ro (Let's Cook and Eat)" Miwako Kaizawa (Biratori-cho, Hokkaido)