Dr. Jelena Pogosjan
September brings a crispness to the air that can invigorate and re-energize us for a new term of studies. The 2017/18 year brings with it many new ideas and themes for upcoming research activities, exhibits, and Folklore Luncheons.

In this September issue of Fieldnotes we share with you the summer activities of our chairs, Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky and Dr. Natalie Kononenko, and archivist Maryna Chernyavska. We welcome our graduate students and have included news from some of our alumni; and the Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre have announced their upcoming AGM with guest speaker Orest Soltykevych.

The staff at the Kule Folklore Centre would like to wish everyone an exciting year of classes and projects, and welcome all to visit us throughout the year. 
Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky
Photo: "Heritage" refers to those selected parts of the past which are actively valued and treasured. Here, visitors listen to stories about old equipment that a farmer has proudly saved from days gone by."

Andriy Nahachewsky, the Huculak Chair, returns from a sabbatical, during which he concentrated on his project “Telling Immigration Stories,” dealing with oral and written autobiographical and biographical narratives about Ukrainians coming to Canada. The stories continually evolve to reflect the context, new audiences, and previous storytelling experiences.
He is excited to be back at the University of Alberta for the Fall term 2017.  In particular, he is engaged in developing a new graduate course called “Theorising Ethnic Heritage.”  This seminar will involve some of the new cohort of graduate students working on Ukrainian folklore-related research topics. The students come from a variety of disciplines and specializations from across campus, but their projects all share keyword clusters: ethnicity/community/identity, as well as tradition/culture/heritage. Over the course of this semester, we’ll look at how the understanding of these key terms has changed in the last 50 years, and how might apply today to the students’ projects. Andriy will use Ukrainian dance as a common example in the discussions of these keywords, but much of the class time will be dedicated to applying the ideas to the students’ own research. Graduate seminars are often richly rewarding as all participants teach each other.

Dr. Nahachewsky is teaching three courses this term:
MLCS 599 - Theorising Ethnic Heritage 
INTD 439 - Ukrainian Dance
MLCS 299 - Graffiti.
Dr. Natalie Kononenko
With John-Paul Himka & Frances Swyripa in Goodeve, SK

During the summer of 2017 Natalie Kononenko attended the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University in Toronto. She presented papers on her Sanctuary Project work at the meetings of the Canadian Association of Slavists and the Folklore Studies Association of Canada. She and graduate student Daria Polianska also displayed a poster of their work with Shkola Zhyva, a website built by University students for use in the elementary bilingual program.

In the Tian-Shan mountains south of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

After the Congress,  Kononenko and the Sanctuary Project team  of John-Paul Himka, Frances Swyripa, and Eva Himka travelled to southeast Saskatchewan to continue their documentary work. Kononenko left the team early to attend the Central and Eurasian Studies Association meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where she presented a comparison of cultural heritage among Ukrainians in Canada and Ukrainians in Kazakhstan.
In early August, Kononenko volunteered at the Ukrainian Pavilion at Heritage Days, serving as MC for some of the shows while her husband Peter Holloway and Daria Polianska ran an interactive demonstration of Shkola Zhyva.

The start of the semester brings full classes with many students.
This Fall 2017 term Dr. Kononenko is teaching:
MLCS 204 - Forms of Folklore
MLCS 299 - Folklore & Film.
Maryna Chernyavska – KuFC Archivist
Photo: Conference Participants - Riga, Latvia
I find attending conferences constantly inspiring. I always learn a lot, meet people who are passionate about the same things as I am, and get new ideas about my own research and about how to improve our Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives. There are not very many folklore archives in Canada, but there are many of them in Europe, especially in Northern Europe. This year I attended a conference organized by the International Council on Archives Section on University and Research Institution Archives in Riga, Latvia. Given its theme cultural heritage materials, the conference focused on folklore materials in archives in the 21st century. I couldn’t miss this one. It was a heaven for me.

A few words about the venue. The conference took place at the National Library of Latvia that houses Archives of Latvian Folklore. The building of the library is called the Castle of Light, and is indeed spectacular. Riga was a very fitting place for such a meeting also because Latvians seem to know their cultural heritage very well and are extremely proud of it. You find references to folk culture everywhere: in a museum, in the street, in a souvenir store. One of the local attendees mentioned that everyone she knows has a folklore performer or a folklore researcher in their family.

Conference participants came from all over the world, including Australia, Finland, Indonesia, Italy, Turkey to name a few, and discussed issues of identity, ethics, authenticity in archives, community engagement, digital archiving, archival description, and other in a variety of contexts: from Indigenous communities in Australia to Ugandan refugees in Canada.
New Acquisitions
New Book: Marko Hrushevsky’s Materials Reprinted After More Than 100 Years
One of the recent acquisitions at the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives library is a reprint of Дитина у звичаях і віруваннях українського народу [A Child in Ukrainian Folk Customs and Beliefs]. First published in L’viv in 1906 by the Taras Shevchenko Scientific Society, this book was reprinted this year by the Kyiv ethnologist and professor of the Shevchenko Kyiv National University Iryna Ihnatenko. It contains unique ethnographic materials collected by a priest, Marko Hrushevsky, at the end of the 19th - beginning of the 20th century, and later compiled by Zenon Kuzelia. The book covers topics of Ukrainian culture usually not publicly discussed: folk customs and beliefs about sexual life, menstruation, premarital sex, as well as pregnancy, birth, and baptism.
* This and other publications at the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives are available to researchers and the general public. This is a non-circulating library. For more information contact the Archives:

Fall 2017 has begun and the Kule Folklore Centre would like to welcome the graduate students who will be working closely with us this year. 

Ashley Halko-Addley
Area of study – MA in Media & Cultural Studies
My area of interest is in Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Canadian history and culture. More specifically, Ukrainian folklore, focusing on ritual and the ways in which meanings and understandings continue and change over time and between places. 
Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn
Area of study – PhD in Media &Cultural Studies
My research focus is stimulated by my background as an artist. I am curious as how we visualize cultural identity specifically in cartoons, illustrations, textiles/fashion, and art.  I intend to follow my curiosity surrounding the comics created by Jacob Maydanyk, Walter Rudniki, and several other Ukrainian Canadian cartoonists who contributed to mainstream as well as Ukrainian language publications in Canada.
Olga Zaitseva-Herz
Area of study – PhD in Ethnomusicology
I came to Canada to start my research in "Ukrainian Canadian Music" with my supervisors Dr. Mary Ingraham and Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky, am very excited about the music materials I will find here which I would like to introduce in a new performance concept.
Nataliya Bezborodova
Area of study – PhD in Anthropology
The “Communion and Liberation” Movement: Sense of Belonging, and Individual Spaces and Places. I am going to explore the topic of mass migrations, ‘migration heritage,’ ‘place and voice,’ and the concepts of space and place in imagination and personal experiences that fuels an individuals’ motivation to migrate through an Italian-rooted Roman Catholic-based religious movement that has disseminated globally.
Liljana Gulcev
Area of study - PhD in Media & Cultural Studies
My research examines contemporary adaptations of animal spouse tales as (I) popular cultural productions borrowing from folkloric forms, and (II) in the context of the fan communities that accrete around such products. Using European and Asian (including Slavic variants) tales as a basis, I examine narrative strategies and representations of gender and sexuality within various remediations.

Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre Society
Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton at the Ivan Franko monument in Madrid, Spain.

Join the Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre for our
AGM and special guest speaker Orest Soltykewych.

“We'll Sing Anywhere”

Orest Soltykevych, conductor of The Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton,
will share stories and highlights from the choir's recent tours
of Spain, Portugal, Ukraine and beyond.
Sunday October 22, 2017
St. John’s Institute
11024 82 Ave NW
Free Admission – Everyone Welcome
Congratulations to Folklore Alumnus Brian Cherwick and the Kubasonics on their whirlwind tour and KUBFUNLAND CD release.  For more information and many, many photos from performances in Canada and Ukraine check out their FaceBook page:
“UAlberta Alumni Do Great Things” - Fine Arts (’81) and Ukrainian Folklore (’16) graduate, Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn is recognized by the UAlberta Alumni Association.  She and the late Marguerite Ritchie are featured on the outside of Enterprise Square on the corner of Jasper Ave & 102 St.
Ukrainian Folklore Graduate Vincent Rees has recently returned from a summer in Ukraine where he organized and hosted the International Ukrainian Dance & Culture Festival. Canada was represented by Barvinok Ukrainian Dance School, Shumka School of Dance, Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble, Troyanda Ukrainain Dance Ensemble, Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School, Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Volya Ukrainian Male Voice Choir and the Kubasonics. Congratulations Vincent on bringing everyone together and masterminding a wonderful celebration.

To see the highlights visit:

Photo:  Meeting of the directors of all the groups! with Кирило КозачукMaria MatlashewskiFelipe OrestenSergio Emilio JaremkoОлександр СтадникValeriy SmyrnovBogdan TkachishynVincent ReesKelsey OlijnykPaul OlijnykKristina FrykasPaul DoroniukDarka Tarnawsky and SM Koroliuk.
Dr. Bohdan Medwidsky
Як на небі зірочок, буде стільки кіпочок.
For as many stars as there are in the heavens,
there will be as many sheaves [in the field].
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