The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

The Sea Otter and Glass Beads: Trade of Indigenous Peoples of the North Pacific Rim

The Sea Otter and Glass Beads

Special Exhibition Hall Floor Map

 Indigenous people in the North Pacific rim, including the northern part of the Japan Islands, Sakhalin and the Amur River basin, were not merely hunting and fishing people, but were also active traders.
Their trade was interrelated with the movement of a strong commodity economy, which had intensified in various parts of the world, including the East Asia, since the twelfth century.
The introduction of various trade items resulted in a unique artistic culture.
In the exhibition, three regional exhibits and two theme exhibits portray the trade world of indigenous people in the North Pacific rim.

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