Kutune Shirka

Kutune Shirka

by Arthur Waley

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BN ID: 2940012338709
Publisher: Apps Publisher
Publication date: 03/21/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

"Imekanu (1875-1961), also known by her Japanese name of Matsu Kannari (Kannari Matsu), was an Ainu missionary and epic poet.

Imekanu belonged to an Ainu family of Horobetsu in Iburi subprefecture, Hokkaido (Japan). She began to learn her repertoire of Ainu poetry from her mother, Monashinouku, a seasoned teller of Ainu tales who spoke very little Japanese. Converted to Christianity, Imekanu worked for many years for the Episcopal Church as a lay missionary under John Batchelor, well known for his publications on Ainu language and culture. Batchelor introduced Imekanu to Kindaichi Kyosuke, the greatest Japanese scholar in this field, in 1918. After 1926, having retired from missionary work, Imekanu began to write down epics (yukar) known to her from Ainu tradition and continued to do so until her death.

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