The 7th Ainu Oratorical Contest (Nov. 8, 2003)

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The 7th Ainu Oratorical Contest (Nov. 8, 2003)

"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 Seventh Contest, there were 36 participants, competing in 28 groups from various areas of Hokkaido as well as from Akita, Tochigi, Chiba and Osaka Prefectures, widely ranging from primary school students to people in their 70's. A large audience, including local people, attended.


Judges(honorific titles omitted)
Chairman Mutsuko Nakamoto (Teacher, Chitose Ainu Language School)
Judges Sachiko Kibata (Teacher, Nibutani Ainu Language School)
Setsuko Shiga (Part-time instructor, Chiba University)
Hisakazu Fujimura (Professor, Hokkaigakuen University)


Results(honorific titles omitted)
Oral Literature Division
First Prize Masashi Kawakami Paddle silk garment with the picture of cuckoo Sapporo
Second Prize Keiko Kyuno Sparrow tale in Urakawa Tarefuchi Shirasato, Chiba
Hayato Takeuchi Penanpe an pananpe an Sapporo
Oratorical Division
First Prize Takashi Tazawa Sins of non-Ainu Japanese people and my sin Kyowa, Akita
Second Prize Etsuko Isobe Ku Kor Ainuitak (my Ainu laguage) Shiranuka
Hanate Sugawara My encounter with the Ainu language Shimokawa