Indigenous Efflorescence

Indigenous Efflorescence

Beyond Revitalisation in Sapmi and Ainu Mosir

Edited by: Gerald Roche orcid, Hiroshi Maruyama, Åsa Virdi Kroik

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Indigenous efflorescence refers to the surprising economic prosperity, demographic increase and cultural renaissance currently found amongst many Indigenous communities around the world. This book moves beyond a more familiar focus on ‘revitalisation’ to situate these developments within their broader political and economic contexts. The materials in this volume also examine the everyday practices and subjectivities of Indigenous efflorescence and how these exist in tension with ongoing colonisation of Indigenous lands, and the destabilising impacts of global neoliberal capitalism. Contributions to this volume include both research articles and shorter case studies, and are drawn from amongst the Ainu and Sami (Saami/Sámi) peoples (in Ainu Mosir in northern Japan, and Sapmi in northern Europe, respectively). This volume will be of use to scholars working on contemporary Indigenous issues, as well as to Indigenous peoples engaged in linguistic and cultural revitalisation, and other aspects of Indigenous efflorescence.


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Dec 2018
ANU Press
Monographs in Anthropology
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Indigenous Studies
East Asia: Japan; Europe

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Part One: Contexts of Efflorescence

  1. Narratives of Truth: An Exploration of Narrative Theory as a Tool in Decolonising Research (PDF, 0.2MB)Markus Nyström doi
  2. Cikornay National Trust: Emancipation of Our Ainu land from Colonial Land Use and for the Enjoyment of Ainu Culture (PDF, 0.7MB)Kouichi Kaizawa (translated by Masumi Tanaka) doi
  3. ‘He Might Come Back’: Views on Sámi Cultural and Linguistic Revitalisation from Finland (PDF, 0.1MB)Tero Mustonen doi
  4. Documenting Sami Cultural Landscapes (PDF, 0.6MB) – Ewa Ljungdahl doi
  5. Revival of Salmon Resources and Restoration of a Traditional Ritual of the Ainu, the Indigenous People of Japan (PDF, 0.8MB)Yōsuke Kosaka doi
  6. The Racing of Ainu Hearts: Our Wish for One Salmon River (PDF, 0.1MB)Shizue Ukaji (translated by Miku Maeda) doi
  7. Viessuoje Mujttuo: Saving an Indigenous Language through New Technology (PDF, 0.1MB) – Oscar Sedholm doi
  8. In Search of Virtual Learning Spaces for Sámi Languages (PDF, 0.1MB) – Hanna Outakoski doi
  9. Tjutju (PDF, 0.1MB) – Coppélie Cocq doi
  10. Establishment of the Ainu Indigenous People’s Film Society (PDF, 0.1MB) – Chisato Abe doi
  11. The Sápmi Awards (PDF, 0.8MB) – Mattias Berglund doi
  12. South Saami Children’s Choir: A Successful Project, Despite the Obstacles (PDF, 0.3MB) – Åsa Virdi Kroik doi
  13. Towards a Respectful Repatriation of Stolen Ainu Ancestral Remains (PDF, 0.5MB) – Yuji Shimizu (translated by Jeff Gayman) doi

Part Two: Practices of Efflorescence

  1. The Yoke and the Candy Bowl: Beliefs and Emotions in South Sami Revitalisation (PDF, 0.2MB) – Leena Huss and Sigrid Stångberg doi
  2. Ainu Women in the Past and Now (PDF, 0.1MB)Ryoko Tahara (translated by Hiroshi Maruyama) doi
  3. Heading towards the Restoration and Transmission of Ainu Culture (PDF, 0.3MB) – Nobuko Tsuda (translated by Hiroshi Maruyama) doi
  4. Living a Modern Life in Hokkaidō as a Young Ainu Dancer (PDF, 0.3MB) – Mana Shinoda (translated by Hiroshi Maruyama) doi
  5. A Quest for What We Ainu Are (PDF, 0.3MB) – Shizue Ukaji (translated by Hiroshi Maruyama doi
  6. A Trip to the Mountaintop (PDF, 0.4MB) – Jenny Virdi Kroik doi
  7. Everyday Acts of Resurgence and Diasporic Indigeneity among the Ainu of Tokyo (PDF, 0.2MB) – Kanako Uzawa doi
  8. Saami Coffee Culture (PDF, 0.2MB)Chris Kolbu and Anne Wuolab doi
  9. Cultural Revitalisation: ‘Feeding on the Tools of the Conquerors’—A Sami-American Perspective (PDF, 0.7MB)Chris Pesklo doi
  10. Sydisdans: A New Traditional Dance in Sapmi (PDF, 0.3MB) – Nils-Jonas Persson doi

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