The 4th Ainu Oratorical Contest (Dec 2, 2000)

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The 4th Ainu Oratorical Contest (Dec 2, 2000)

"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 Fourth Contest, there were 22 participants, competing in 14 groups from various areas of Hokkaido, widely ranging 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 - speech, literature and story-telling using picture cards.


Judges(honorific titles omitted)
Chairman Mutsuko Nakamoto (Teacher, Chitose Ainu Language School)
Judges Sada Ueno (Teacher, Obihiro Ainu Language School)
Hideo Kirikae (Associate Professor, Hokkaigakuen University)
Tomomi Sato Associate Professor, Hokkaido University


Results(honorific titles omitted)
First Prize "The Tale of Obihiro Village" Tadashi Hiroo (Obihiro, Hokkaido)
Hidemichi Ando (Ikeda-cho, Hokkaido)
Second Prize "The Foolish Youngsters" Hanate Sugawara (Higashikagura-cho, Hokkaido)
Tsumugi Sugawara (Higashikagura-cho, Hokkaido)
"The Little Fox and Its Mother" Akemi Oshino (Mukawa-cho, Hokkaido)
Rika Oshino (Mukawa-cho, Hokkaido)
"Let's Write Together!" Hisako Miyata (Kushiro, Hokkaido)