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Umeko Ando (安東 ウメ子 Andō Umeko?), (b. November 20, 1932, d. July 15, 2004) was an Ainu singer and mukkuri player. She lived in Makubetsu-cho, Nakagawa-gun, Hokkaido.

Hearing her mother's mukkuri, ihunke and uepeker, she developed her skills and came to be called "the master player of mukkuri." Even after marriage, she still continued to respect the Ainu traditions and daily customs, and has made much effort to promote and let Ainu culture prevail by transmitting and preserving the… read more

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