The Oroks: Past and Present

  • Alfred F. Majewicz

Abstract

The present chapter originated as a by-product of the large-scale research project of the International Committee for the Restoration and Assessment of Bronisław Piłsudski’s Works (ICRAP). Bronisław Piłsudski (1866–1918) was a Polish political exile, banished to the island of Sakhalin in 1887 for his alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate Tsar Alexander III. While on Sakhalin, he studied and published a number of ethnographical works on the island’s original inhabitants, the Ainu, the Nivkhs and the Oroks. Rather than merely summarising the existing literature on the Oroks (though such a summary is urgently needed), the information presented here concerning the Oroks’ past is based mainly on the published and unpublished observations made by Piłsudski during his stay among them, while remarks concerning their present situation concentrate on the Orok community now living in Hokkaido, Japan.

Keywords

Migration Transportation Influenza Assure Expense 

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