Obihiro Centennial City Museum


The Ainu and Settlers

A journal of a settler member states that hired mainland Japanese and Ainu labored together. (November, 1889)

The Ainu aided the mainland Japanese settlers in various ways, such as transporting cargo with river boats and constructing houses. There was daily interaction, including the trading of goods and drinking alcohol together between the Ainu and the leaders of the settler organization, the Bansei-sha. The Bansei-sha had planned to continue development in cooperation with the Ainu, but the progress of development, in turn, became a major cause of the loss of the traditional Ainu way of life.