Monday, December 5, 2011
The Ainu has such potential in revitalizing their language, to have young speakers use the language as their mother-tongue rather than a second language after Japanese. It would be such a waste to see such an amazing and unique culture go to waste. Without the Ainu language, the indigenous peoples would lose not only their culture, but a piece of their heritage will have gone with it as well. With 20,000 people left (the number is probably a lot higher), as long as there is hope, perseverance, and faith, I believe the Ainu can get back on their feet and teach not only the younger generations their oral language, but the adults who have either lost their knowledge on how to speak Ainu or were never taught the language because their parents did not want them to speak it.