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Tomi Matsushima

Winner of the 4th Ainu Cultural Promotion Award (Individual)

Tomi Matsushima

With valuable oral literature such as uepeker passed down to her by the local elderly people in her childhood, Tomi Matsushima has been working on the transmission and preservation of intangible Ainu culture over many years.Also well-versed in traditional dancing, she has participated in the establishment of the Mombetsu Utari Bunka Hozonkai (Mombetsu Utari Culture Preservation Society), where she takes part in many public performances of traditional dancing and is enthusiastically training her successors.
The credit for transmitting traditional dancing in the Mombetsu area goes to her. Despite her age, she devotes her heart and soul to transmitting oral literature, making a great contribution to the promotion of Ainu culture.

 

 

Date of birth:February 15, 1922
Current address:Mombetsu-cho, Saru-gun, Hokkaido

 

1983 Contributes to the establishment of the Mombetsu Utari Bunka Hozonkai (Mombetsu Utari Culture Preservation Society) - thereafter, takes part in the numerous public performances of Ainu traditional dancing.
1990 Becomes the advisor of the Mombetsu Utari Bunka Hozonkai.
1991 Participates in Shakshain Memorial Service and the Exchange Festival of Performing Arts - has participated yearly since.
1992 Cooperates in compiling "Investigative Report on Ainu Traditional Dancing - Samani, Mombetsu, Chitose" issued by the Hokkaido Bunkazai Hogo Kyokai (Hokkaido Cultural Properties Protection Association).Participates in Ainu Cultural Festival (has participated yearly since).
1994 Gives an interview for Bulletin Vol. 1 "The Transmission of Tomi Matsushima" issued by the Hokkaido Ainu Minzoku Bunka Kenkyu Center (Hokkaido Ainu Culture Research Center).
2000 Gives an interview for Bulletin Vol. 6 "The Oral Transmission of Tomi Matsushima 2" issued by the Hokkaido Ainu Minzoku Bunka Kenkyu Center.

 

Tomi Matsushima has also cooperated in many other investigations and cultural recordings.