The 6th Ainu Oratorical Contest (Nov. 9, 2002)

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The 6th Ainu Oratorical Contest (Nov. 9, 2002)

"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.
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 Sixth Contest, there were 22 participants, competing in 18 groups from various areas of Hokkaido as well as from AichiPrefectures, widely ranging from primary school students to people in their 70's. A large audience, including local people, attended.
In the future, the contest will be conducted in two divisions, Oral Literature Division and Oratorical Division, in consideration of limited opportunities to present oral literature..


Judges(honorific titles omitted)
Chairman Sachiko Kibata Teacher, Biratori 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)
Oral Literature Division
First Prize Kane Kumagai Yaeerap in Samani
Second Prize Hanate Sugawara Autobiography of a Shaman Higashikagura
Kayo Kikuchi Sumikawa Shiranuka
Oratorical Division
First Prize Seiichi Fukushima My Love Song Shizunai
Second Prize Tomoko Shitaku Meaning of Life Akan
Yoshiyuki Morisaki aynu puri Shizunai