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Saturday, January 11~Monday, January 13, 2014
《International Symposium》Comparative Studies of Indigenous Cultures around the North Pacific Rim: Focusing on Indigenous Rights and Marine Resource Utilization

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  • Date: Saturday, January 11 - Monday, January 13, 2014
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Hosted by: National Museum of Ethnology
  • Supported by: University of Alaska Fairbanks
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The purpose of this symposium is to compare and examine the results and current progress in research on and with indigenous cultures along the North Pacific Rim by inviting 15 domestic and international researchers. It is also intended that this symposium will be used as a basis for building a research network on indigenous cultures along the North Pacific Rim.

In this symposium, the focus is on the current status of indigenous rights and utilization of marine resources. This symposium can be divided into three parts. In the first part, Japanese researchers will report their current research results on indigenous cultures along the North Pacific Rim. In the second and third parts, current research results and the progress of joint-projects on indigenous cultures along the Northern Pacific Rim in U.S., Canada, and Russia will be discussed. Then, researchers from Japan, Canada, Europe and the U.S. will discuss establishing a research network on indigenous cultures around the Northern Pacific Rim.

Program and Abstract[PDF: 211KB]

 
Saturday, January 11 "Indigenous Rights and Utilization of Marine Resources around the North Pacific Rim"
Program
Sunday, January 12 "Comparative Studies of Indigenous Cultures around the North Pacific Rim"
Program
Monday, January 13 "Joint-Research on Indigenous Cultures around the North Pacific Rim "
Program
 

Saturday, January 11 "Indigenous Rights and Utilization of Marine Resources around the North Pacific Rim"

  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Japanese, English *with English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation
Time Contents
10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Opening Speech by Director-General
Ken'ichi SUDO (National Museum of Ethnology)
10:15 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. The History and Present Situation of Comparative Studies of Indigenous Cultures along the North Pacific Coast
Nobuhiro KISHIGAMI (National Museum of Ethnology)
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Development of an International Research Network through the International Field School on Rebun Island
Hirofumi KATO ( Hokkaido University)
11:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Activities to (Re)acquire Sovereign Rights of Salmon Resource Management by Indigenous Societies along the Yukon River.
Toshiaki INOUE (Josai International University)
12:05 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Lunch Break
1:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. What Do Yupiit Want to Protect in Claiming Subsistence Rights?
Ryo KUBOTA (Oita University)
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Chieftainship and the Salmon Food Fishery on the Northwest Coast of Canada
Akihito TACHIKAWA (Mie University)
2:20 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Indigenous Rights and Utilization of Salmon among the Indigenous Peoples of Kamchatka
Yutaka WATANABE (Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples)
2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Coffee Break
3:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Utilization of Cultural Resources and the Ainu Initiatives: Progress of National Ainu Museum Projects
Masami IWSAKI-GOODMAN (Hokkai Gakuen University), Kaoru TEZUKA (Hokkai Gakuen University), and Masahiro NOMOTO (Ainu Museum)
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Ainu Studies in Japan, Past, Present and Future from the viewpoint of Japanese Archaeology
Koji DERIHA (Historical Museum of Hokkaido)
4:20 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. General Discussion
Hiroki TAKAKURA (Tohoku University)
Junko HABU (University of California, Berkeley)
 

Sunday, January 12 "Comparative Studies of Indigenous Cultures around the North Pacific Rim"

  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Japanese, English
Time Contents
10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Remarks and planning for discussions
Nobuhiro KISHIGAMI and David KOESTER
10:10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Historical Trajectories and Contemporary Issues: Comparative Studies of Kamchatka Peninsula
David KOESTER (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
11:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. The Entry of the East Asian World System into Alaska: A Review of the Data
Owen K. MASON (University of Colorado, Boulder)
11:40 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break + Visiting Exhibition Halls
1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Island Networks: Community Persistence, Subsistence and Survival in the Aleutian Islands
Katherine L. REEDY(Idaho State University)
2:15 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Subsistence Ecology and the Development of North Pacific Maritime Cultures: Legacies from the Past, Prospects for the Future
Ben FITZHUGH (University of Washington) and William FITZHUGH (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. General Discussion
Discussant: Claire ALIX (University of Paris I)
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Coffee Break
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Group Discussion ? Current Prospects for Collaboration. Obstacles and Opportunities for Establishing a North Pacific Research Association
 

Monday, January 13 "Joint-Research on Indigenous Cultures around the North Pacific Rim "

  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Japanese, English
Time Contents
10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Indigenous Google-Mapping and the Sustainability of Landscapes across the North Pacific
Benedict J. COLOMBI (University of Arizona)
10:45 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. No place for Indians: A Story about Development on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada
Charles MENZIES (University of British Columbia)
11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Completing the Circle in Restoring Pacific Rim Herring Cultures
Thomas F. THORNTON (University of Oxford) and Shingo HAMADA (Indiana University)
12:10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Collaborative Research between Museums and Indigenous Peoples of Canada's Northwest Coast
Jennifer KRAMER (University of British Columbia)
2:15 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Revitalization and Perpetuation of Indigenous Cultures in the North Pacific Rim
Sven HAAKONSON (University of Washington)
3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Life of a Small Itelmen Village as an Example of Unique Cultural Survival in the Conditions of the Russian North
Tatiana DEGAI (University of Arizona)
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. General Discussion
Discussant : Peter SCHWEITZER (University of Vienna)

Symposium Organizers

David KOESTER (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
Nobuhiro KISHIGAMI (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan)
Benedict J. COLOMBI (University of Arizona)

Major Sponsors

*The National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan
*National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan
*Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, with support from the National Science Foundation, USA: (David KOESTER)
*Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) (B): Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling and Indigenous Rights in North America (Research Project Number: 21401045, Nobuhiro Kishigami)