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Tsuta Urakawa

Winner of the 7th Ainu Cultural Promotion Award (Individual)

Tsuta Urakawa

She inherited Ainu culture from her late mother-in-law Tare Urakawa, who was an excellent storyteller.
In 1972, she rigorously participated in activities of the Anecha Folkcraft Study Group (predecessor of the Urakawa Utari Culture Preservation Society). In particular, her contributions are significant in areas aiming to hand down and preserve traditional Ainu garment culture.
In addition to serving as an instructor for a variety of dissemination and enlightenment projects in the Urakawa region, she makes great contribution to transmitting, preserving and disseminating Ainu culture locally as well as to raising the awareness of local people by embarking on the restoration of traditional garments in the Urakawa region on her own, among other activities.

Date of birth: June 9, 1932(currently 71 years old)
Resident of Urakawa Town, Urakawa-gun, Hokkaido

1998 Assumes the post of an instructor at the Hokkaido Advanced Vocational School Intensive Weaving Course (until 2002)
1998 Assumes the post of a lecturer at the Urakawa Folk Museum Ainu Culture Center(until 2001)
1999 Assumes the post of an executive official of the Urakawa Utari Culture Preservation Society (until 2000)
2000 Assumes the post of an instructor at the Urakawa Ainu Language Class (until 2002)
Cooperates with the Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture in publishing "Restoration Manual for Ainu Lifestyle -- Sewing (Cotton Ware)"
2001- Receives the Merit Medal at the 35th Hokkaido Ainu Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition


* She has also cooperated with many surveys and investigations.