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International Day of World's Indigenous People on Aug 9

The Samani Public Library created 3 short, animated stories based on local Ainu legends, include the story behind Mt. Apoi's name. The stories are narrated in Ainu and in Japanese, complete with English subtitles.

These animations were made with the intent to better understand Ainu culture and their way of life. These stories will also be used for educational purposes, such as part of the Samani Elementary School and Samani Junior High School "Hometown and Apoi Studies" curriculum and social education programs.

Mt. Apoi Geopark also plans to post the video QR codes on geopark signboards and will create a permanent exhibit in the Mt. Apoi Geopark Visitor Center.

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  • The Legend of Mt. Apoi

Why is the symbol of Samani, Mt. Apoi, named as such? What does the annual "Apoi Fire Festival" have to do with fire?

Ainu narration, English subtitles: https://youtu.be/vYvoynA_QCc

Japanese narration, English subtitles: https://youtu.be/C__ybTiZu0E

  • Tale of the Three Rocks

Parent and Child Rocks, Sobira Rock, and Fuyushima's Hole Rock, how are these three rocks connected?

Ainu narration, English subtitles: https://youtu.be/t7DWRXazrc8

Japanese narration, English subtitles: https://youtu.be/ocH4abNUSVw

  • The Legend of Hotafunpe

Hotafunpe, a whale-shaped hill in West Samani is actually...??

Ainu narration, English subtitles: https://youtu.be/ZDUdfNsydv8

Japanese narration, English subtitles: https://youtu.be/4Xgy0zf1P9A

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