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Indigenous Animes

Masterpiece anime series focusing on Indigenous themes, educating viewers on Native culture, and/or including Indigenous characters from all across the world, including Indigenous peoples of Japan, Native Americans, and more. Animes with Indigenous *main characters* and those focusing on Native culture appear first, followed by those with more brief/minor appearances of indigenous characters
1 Golden Kamuy

Golden Kamuy

Ainu main character: Asirpa

Matagi secondary character [indigenous of Japan]: Genjirou Tanigaki

Tatar secondary character [indigenous of Russia]: Kiroranke

Nivkh & Uilta (Orok) characters [indigenous of Sakhalin] 

Other Ainu characters appear as well, like Inkarmat, an Ainu secondary character 

2 Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

Emishi main character: Ashitaka

**The Emishi people were indigenous to Japan in ancient times, much like the current Ainu, Matagi, & Ryukyuan people are

3 Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Ryukyuan main character: Mugen

Other Ryukyuan and Ainu characters breifly appear 

4 Sirius the Jaeger

Sirius the Jaeger

Ainu main character: Yuliy Jirov

Other Ainu characters, Yuliy's mother and tribe members, breifly appear

5 Little Witch Academia TV

Little Witch Academia TV

Sami main character: Lotte Yanson [Finnish name variant]

**The Sami people are indigenous to Northeast Europe

Cebuano main characterSucy Manbavaran

**The Cebuano people are the indigenous people of the Philippines, Southeast Asia 

Other Sami people briefly appear, like Nicholas, a minor Sami character, and Lotte's mom

6 The Ancient Magus' Bride

The Ancient Magus' Bride

Sami secondary character: Lindel [Swedish/Finnish name variant]

7 To Your Eternity

To Your Eternity

Indigenous American inspiration [of the Arctic people of the Americas specifically and other Northern peoples]

8 Wolf's Rain

Wolf's Rain


9 The Dagger of Kamui

The Dagger of Kamui

Ainu & Indigenous American characters

10 Utawarerumono


Ainu inspired

11 The Mysterious Cities of Gold

The Mysterious Cities of Gold

Includes characters who are Indigenous to the Americas (most likely Central/South America or the southern portion of North America; think Mexico)


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