The 2nd Ainu Oratorical Contest (Nov 28, 1998)

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The 2nd Ainu Oratorical Contest (Nov 28, 1998)

"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 Second Contest, there were 15 participants, competing in 13 groups. They came from various areas of Hokkaido and even from Tokyo, and ranged from primary school students to people in their 60'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 (Director, Nibutani Ainu Museum)
Judges Mutsuko Nakamoto (President, Chitose Ainu Bunka DenshoHozonkai
[Chitose Ainu Culture Transmission and Preservation Society])
Hisakazu Fujimura (Professor, Hokkaigakuen University)
Hideo Kirikae (Associate Professor, Hokkaigakuen University)


Results(honorific titles omitted)
First Prize "From Anesaru Kotan to Kaminukibetsu" Tsugio Kuzuno (Shizunai, Hokkaido)
Second Prize "My Daily Life" Miyono Fukazawa (Urakawa-cho, Hokkaido)
"We Are Living on the Neighboring Island" Kiu Hasegawa (Tokyo)
"How Are You, Grandma?" Yoriko Sumiyama (Chitose, Hokkaido)
Rena Nakamoto (Chitose, Hokkaido)
Anna Nakamoto (Chitose, Hokkaido)