Department of Ainu and Indigenous Studies

All around the world, over 5,000 indigenous groups are currently living within over 70 different countries around the world. “Indigenous studies” is a relatively new field of study which engages in dealing with the broad set of issues related to indigenous peoples, including cultural resources, lifestyle, and environment, as well as their economic and social development. Various different methods of research and a broad array of perspectives are required for research in this field. Thus, at the Department of Ainu and Indigenous Studies, researchers specializing in fields such as history, linguistics, cultural anthropology, museum studies, legal studies, and archaeology all work together to conduct multi-disciplinary research on not only the Ainu, but indigenous groups from around the world.

Laboratory of Ainu and Indigenous Studies

Faculty List

  • ISHIHARA Mai Assistant Professor
    Research Fields: Cultural anthropology, indigenous research
  • KATO Hirofumi Professor
    Research Fields: Indigenous archaeology, Cultural Heritage issues
  • OCHIAI Ken-ichi Associate Professor
    Research Fields: Law of Indigenous Peoples, Constitution
  • KITAHARA Jirota mokottunas Associate Professor
    Research Fields: 
  • TANGIKU Itsuji Associate Professor
    Research Fields: Oral literature, linguistics (documentation and description of Ainu language and Nivkh language).
  • MINOSHIMA Hideki Associate Professor
    Research Fields: Ainu history, Northeast Asian history, Ancient Japanese history
  • YAMASAKI Koji Associate Professor
    Research Fields: Ainu material culture,Cultural anthropology,Museum studies