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Ainu Bear Ceremony, The

Synopsis
An examination of the lives of the Ainu people of Japan, who are racially and culturally different from their Japanese neighbours and who obtain their food mainly by hunting and gathering. The bear ceremony, now no longer performed, was an important ritual in which a specially reared animal was killed and eaten by the participants. The film shows a series of ritual acts with some commentary on their meaning.
Language
English
Country
Japan
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w. 27 min.
Year of production
1931
Availability
Sale (video - RAI); 2000 sale: £50.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Notes
The 16mm film must be projected at 16 fps.
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
Ainu; ceremonies; Japan

Credits

Director
N G Munro

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7388 8817
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.
Name

Royal Anthropological Institute Film & Video Library, c/o Concord Media

Email
sales@concordvideo.co.uk
Web
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Phone
01473 726012
Fax
01473 274531
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG

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