November 2017
Dr. Jelena Pogosjan
During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Kule Folklore Centre will focus on the spiritual culture of Ukrainians in Canada, in particular, on Ukrainian churches in Alberta, on icons, and on iconostases. This overarching theme is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian Orthodox church in Canada as well as the many artifacts found in various collections across the province. Our concentration is two-fold. As a Centre that houses an archive, we are interested in preserving and understanding the past, however, we are also fascinated by the living culture, and in this instance, the latest developments in the Ukrainian art of iconography (icon painting).

Our major event will be a new exhibit dedicated to the history of Ukrainian Canadian icon painting titled “Images of Faith, Hope, and Beauty” which will be on display December 6, 2017 to January 28, 2018 at the Enterprise Square Gallery in Edmonton. It will focus on the works of Wadym Dobrolige as well as special pieces from local collections in the Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta (UCAMA), the Ukrainian Museum of Canada – Alberta Branch, and the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada Museum.  In addition, for our Folklore Lunches we are inviting as presenters young contemporary iconographers from Ukraine and Canada. These Folklore Lunches will provide a glance into the future of icon painting. I think, it will be a really exiting (and very busy!) year for us, and we look forward to sharing our stories with you.
Photo: Oleksandr Klymenko in Kyiv, Ukraine
Oleksandr Klymenko was born in 1976 in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine. He graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (1998), majoring in monumental painting. He is a member of Ukrainian National Association of Artists. Lives and works in Kyiv. Nowadays Oleksandr Klymenko curates the project “Icons on Ammo Boxes.”  The Skype presentation "Art Saves Lives" was well received by students, faculty, and guests. A video recording of this session will soon be available on the Kule Folklore Centre Youtube  channel.

The Kule Folklore Centre hosts a monthly Luncheon series.  Dominika Koziak will be our next Folklore Luncheon guest on Thursday, November 30, 2017  from  12 noon - 1pm,   #250 Old Arts Bldg, University of Alberta.  Note: This is on a Thursday (not the regular Friday time slot).
Dominika Koziak is a Canadian artist with a Ukrainian-Polish cultural background. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta in 2013, and then moved to New York City where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts. Koziak also received intensive instruction at the Rome Art Program in Italy where she focused on painting and drawing from classical architecture and art. In 2014, upon Returning to New York City, she attended the Prosopon School of Iconology where she studied classical techniques and the style of icon writing. Her art focuses on the relationship between contemporary and ancestral culture. Ancestral techniques from both of her heritages also play a role in her work through the application techniques of writing an icon, and incorporation of historical motifs. Dominika is currently back in Edmonton working at ACUA and creating in her studio.
Maryna Chernyavska – KuFC Archivist
From the Digital Archives
Many materials of the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives can be now accessed online. We are constantly working on digitization of analogue archival records (manuscriots, photographs, audiovisual recordings, etc.), while many archival materials are born-digital. Here are examples of four collections that can now be accessed from the comfort of your own home. Click on caption to go to the specific collection, or click on the button below to go to the home page.

Family Collection

Wedding photo of Nick and Stalla Gaudun

Gordon Gordey
Director and Dancemaker: Creating Original Ukrainian Dance in Canada

Girl in the Red Dress Tango video

Maryna Hrymych Brazil Collection
Ukrainian Choir "Haidamaky" in Curitiba, Brazil

Ukrainian Proverbs in Zabava Program 
Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky recording a proverb for the CFCW Zabava Program
Ukrainian Folklore Archives


Ukrainian Archival Collections in Canada:
Preserving the Past, Building the Future

11-13 May, 2018
Edmonton - University of Alberta

Information professionals, practitioners, community leaders, researchers, and others in charge of or interested in Ukrainian Canadian archival heritage are invited to submit proposals relating to theoretical and practical issues of Ukrainian Canadian archives from a variety of perspectives. Contributions on various issues of acquisition, preservation, access, and networking are particularly invited. Other topics will be considered as well. Abstracts of 300-words and a short bio should be submitted to by January 15, 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by February 15, 2018.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers, archivists, curators, collection managers, and other custodians of Ukrainian Canadian archival collections in order to start a conversation among stewards of Ukrainian cultural documentary heritage. This conference aims to increase awareness about Ukrainian heritage collections in Canada, survey problem areas and needs of archival collections....more details.

or contact us at: 
This conference is organized by the Kule Folklore Centre at the University of Alberta and its Friends Society in cooperation with the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta.
Congratulations to Genia Boivin and Nadya Foty-Onseschuk who have each successfully defended their PhD dissertations in the department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies (MLCS)!
Genia Boivin with her supervisor
Dr. Micah True and  Dr. Jelena Pogosjan
Director Kule Folklore Centre.
Title: “Animation and National Ethos: the American Dream, Socialist Realism, and Russian émigrés in France” 
Nadya Foty with her supervisor
Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky
Huculak Chair of Ukrainian Culture and Ethnography

Title: "Saving Heritage: Stakeholders, Successes, and Project SUCH"
Edmonton Screening of
Chapters and Verses

On October 27, the Kule Folklore Centre and the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the Universtiy of Alberta hosted the Edmonton screening of "Chapters and Verses" a documentary featuring the life and times of Wasyl (Bill) Kuryliw. The event was hosted at St. John's Institute and well attended by the community.  Film producers, Oksana Kuryliw and John Leeson attended the screening and graciously led a post showing Q&A. 

 In 1928, as an eager 18 year old, Bill boarded the Empress of France and headed to Canada with $5, a Grade 3 education, and a powerful zest for life. For more than 60 years, he lived in  Sudbury, Ontario and was an active, dedicated, and involved citizen, known by those in the Ukrainian community, by politicians, and business people for his energy, commitment and generosity. He was a  man of diverse interests and abilities. He is also remembered as being an admirer of the works of writer and poet Ivan Franko, and known for his recitation of Franko's poems.  Despite many challenges, Wasyl (Bill) Kuryliw chose to lead a life with optimism, charity and love. 

The Kule Folklore Centre is forever thankful for the Kuryliw Family Research Assistantships in Honour of Ivan Franko. The family's generous donation has contributed to the education of over 50 folklore graduates at the University of Alberta.

Directed and Narrated by:  Oksana Kuryliw
Produced by: Oksana Kuryliw & John Leeson 
The Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre Society recently held their AGM on October 22 at St. John's Institute.  Following the formal meeting Orest Soltykevych, conductor of the Ukrainain Men's Choir of Edmonton, shared some of the history of the choir and stories from their tours to Ukraine, Latvia, and most recently Spain and Portugal. For those that could not make it, the video of Orest's presentation is availbable on the Kule Folklore Centre Youtube channel.

Ukrainian Folklore graduates come from various backgrounds and have gone on to apply their knowledge in a variety of fields. In this issue we are featuring two of our graduates who continue to share their passion with folklore as instructors in secondary and post secondary education settings.
Vlodko Boychuk - BEd, MA 
Mr. Boychuk teaches at Arch Bishop Jordan High School in Sherwood Park, AB.  He is also very active on the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - National Ukrainian Education Council and is the Alberta Representative for the TV program KONTACT. Mr. Boychuk graduated with his MA in Ukrainian Folklore from the University of Alberta in 1997 - his thesis "Vivady - Songs of Ukrainians from Bosnia." 


Mariya Lesiv -  MA, PhD
Dr. Mariya Lesiv
is a professor in the Department of Folklore Studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.  She is a graduate of the Ukrainian Folklore Program at the University of Alberta having completed her MA in Ukrainian Folklore in 2005 with a thesis titled "Pysanka: The Ukrainian Easter Egg in Canada", followed by her PhD in 2011 - her dissertation title "Modern Paganism Between East and West: construction of an Alternate National Identity in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Diaspora."
Dr. Bohdan Medwidsky
Веселість - то половина здоров'я
Happiness is half of good health

Listen to Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky explain this proverb 
on 740 CFCW
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