We are midway through the fall semester and routines
are helping us all get through midterms and assignments.

Photo: Kalyna (‘калина’ - viburnum), also known as highbush cranberry, is the ethnic and national symbol of Ukraine. It is also common to the Canadian prairies and is referenced in Ukrainian pioneer and Indigenous folklore. Kalyna represents beauty, love, motherhood, blood, and the immortality of family. The red berries found in the fall, dramatically capture the mystical and sensual beauty of nature. 

Dr. Micah True - Acting Director
The Kule Folklore Centre (KuFC) is abuzz with activity. During the 2019 -2020 academic year the research focus will be on the "Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies Project". This is a large collection of over 800 oral histories housed in the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives (BMUFA). Graduate students and visiting scholars are collaborating with faculty and staff to complete the archival process and make these stories accessible.

We are also excited to launch "Legacies Alive" a series of mini documentaries funded by the Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre. Their financial support has made it possible to make  research at the KuFC and information in the BMUFA accessible to everyone.

I would also like to bring attention to the FOLKLORE LUNCH SERIES, and I invite everyone to attend the next lectures by Huculak Fellow – Dr. Maria Mayerchyk on Oct 25, and special guest Dr. Trevor Blank - who will present on November 19, 2019 (see details below).

Mini Documentary Series
This series features research projects and scholars supported by
the Kule Folklore Centre at the University of Alberta

Lena Gushul - Ukrainian Canadian Photographer

This mini-documentary features Lena Gushul, one of the first female
photographers in Western Canada.

In the Crowsnest Pass, in South Western Alberta, everybody knew the Gushul’s studio – it was where you could order your portraits, as well as family, wedding, and funeral photographs. The Gushul photo studio took, developed, printed, enlarged, and framed photos, offering passport photos taken day and night, roll films for sale, and cameras for rent. “Technicolor” and group pictures were the studio’s specialty. Thomas and Lena Gushul were both photographers. They immigrated from Rozniw, in Western Ukraine at the turn of the century and ran the family business together with two studios, one in Coleman, AB and another in Blairmore, AB. In the 1920s, Thomas fell ill and was unable to work in the photo studio, and Lena had to keep the family business afloat. After Thomas’s death in 1962, she continued to run the studio in Blairmore.
and visit the website to learn more about the

LEGACIES ALIVE is funded by the
Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre at the University of Alberta.

Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies
Research Team

The LOCAL CULTURE AND DIVERSITY ON THE PRAIRIES project was established in the early 2000s to contribute to Canadians' understanding of diversity and the growth of local community life in Canada. The Kule Folklore Centre (KuFC) collaborated with other untis at the UofA and the University of Winnipeg to create a large repository of over 800 recorded interviews which documented everyday life, ethnic identity and regional variation among people of Ukrainian, French, German, and English heritage on the prairies up to 1939.  This project captured the first-hand stories of children of the first pioneers from Ukraine, England, Germany and France who settled on and established the Canadian prairies.  Many of these people have since passed on and their voices preserve their experiences, hardships, and successes for future generations. KuFC is now working on the archiving phase by providing descriptions and indexes of the interviews; then making them available to researchers and community organizations and stakeholders via electronic access.  The research team will also prepare an interactive travelling exhibit that will share the stories about the diverse cultures which pioneered the Canadian prairies. 

Research Team (L-R): Dr. Maria Maryerchyk, Olga Zaitzeva-Hertz, Dr. Micah True, Kaitlyn Chomitzky, Maryna Chernyavska, Ashley Halko-Addley, Eric Fincham, Lynnien Pawluk, Dr. Matthias Kaltenbrunner. Missing: Dr. Jelena Pogosjan, Nataliya Bezborodova, Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn.
Welcome to the 2019 Fall Semester Kule Folklore Centre Lunch Series.
The next two lectures will be hosted within a few weeks of each other.
See below for dates and locations.
Refreshments will be served.  Please join us!

Friday, October 25, 2019
from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Kule Folklore Centre, 250 Old Arts Building

"...A Hodgepodge of Pious and Frivolous Songs":
Ukrainian Folklore in Baroque Manuscripts

The quotation in the title is taken from a paper by Mykhailo Hrushevskyi (1897) that explores a baroque songbook. Since the songbook contains ‘frivolous’ folk songs written down next to religious ones, Hrushevskyi assumed that the unidentified author of the manuscript was a clergyman  -apparently mean and poorly educated one. Presenting a part of my ongoing study of inappropriate folklore texts, I depart from Hrushevskyi’s interpretation and develop further theorization of the phenomenon employing concepts of modernity and coloniality.

RSVP –  or  (780) 492-6906
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  -  
Room 239, CAB

Guest Lecture by Trevor J. Blank (PhD)

Folklorist Trevor J. Blank is associate professor of communication
at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
He is the author or editor of nine books on various aspects of digital culture, humor, and urban legends, including Folklore and the Internet and, most recently, Slender Man Is Coming.

RSVP –  or  (780)492-6906


The Globally Connected Village:
A Canadian-Ukrainian History

Presented on September 27, 2019 by
Dr. Matthias Kaltenbrunner

Now Available on 
The Kule Folklore Centre YouTube Channel

UKR 306: Business Ukrainian
Winter 2020 | M W F 1:00 – 1:50 pm


Business Ukrainian Course is a language course for professional communication, in which students develop a rudimentary working knowledge of modern Ukrainian for the professional world. Emphasis is on communication and official writing practices with attention to gaining professional and socio-cultural competence in Ukrainian.
The use of authentic cultural materials will assist students in improving their conversational and writing styles of Ukrainian. By the end of this course students will be able to: write a resume, a cover letter; engage in formal and professional correspondence; conduct a simulated job interview; ‘open’ a bank account in Ukraine; and discuss business etiquette in today’s Ukraine.
Open-access textbook:


SLAV 499: Slavic Languages and Cultures Online and in the Community
Winter 2020 | M W F 2:00 – 2:50 pm
This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn more about the chosen Slavic community, in Canada and/or anywhere in the World (virtual or physical, contemporary or historical), through individual research and team work. During the term, students will actively follow the chosen community, participate in all the events (if this is a living community), collect information about the chosen community (archival materials and printed materials, interviews of community members, etc.) The course is also designed to develop reading and comprehension skills for Polish/Russian/Ukrainian language learners. It will provide multiple opportunities for students to absorb vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, and discourse structure as they occur in authentic contexts.

The Kule Folklore Centre and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies would like to welcome Kaitlyn Chomitzky to the UofA. Kaitlyn is originally from Saskatoon, SK and has completed a BA with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in History of Art, Design and Visual Culture, from the UofA. She is now pursuing an MA in Media and Cultural Studies - her thesis explores the use of traditional Ukrainian embroidery motifs within the last ten years as a tool of decolonization for the sake of derussification, in order to create a common national identity across a post-soviet Ukrainian state. 


In September, the Kule Folklore Centre Archivist, Maryna Chernyavska, attended the Second International Conference on Canadian Studies: “Canada – Ukraine: Past, Present, Future” in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. The conference was organized by the Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre at the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University and Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the University of Alberta. The conference took place in the beautiful main university building, a UNESCO heritage site and a former residence of the Bukovynian and Dalmatian Metropolitan built by Czech architect and philanthropist Josef Hlávka.

Maryna delivered a presentation on Ukrainian archival heritage in Canada. Her trip was generously supported by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Iwanciw Ukraine Travel Grant. Many other Ukrainian Canadian scholars attended the conference. Among honourable guests at the conference were Dr. Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts at the University of Alberta, and Roman Waschuk, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine. For Dean Cormack it was her first trip to Ukraine, and she had an opportunity to visit other cities, including L'viv and Kyiv. 

Photo: Participants of the Second International Conference on Canadian Studies
At the end of September, Valentina Kuryliw - Director of Education for the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, visited the University of Alberta to launch her new resource book:

The Genocidal Famine 1932-1933
Learning Materials for Teachers & Students

Watch now for more information:

Forum TV
Holodomor for teachers book launch prom

The Kule Folklore Centre would like to congratulate Valentina and thank her for visiting the Love Letters from the Past display hosted by the UAlberta Faculty of Extension in Enterprise Square.
Love Letters from the Past:
Courtship, Companionship & Family in the Ukrainian Canadian Community

This publication is a 144 page companion to the touring exhibit. It includes additional letters, full-size stories, photographs, and interviews that augment the information on display, and provides more detailed analysis of each of the exhibit’s topics. 
Co-authored by:
Nataliya Bezborodova, Ashley Halko-Addley, Jelena Pogosjan, Tatiana Saburova, Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn, and Lina Shaw.

NOW Available: $39.00 + shipping.

To order online: 

E-mail or phone:  or 780.492-6906
Dr. Bohdan Medwidsky
Говори мало, слухай багато, і думай ще більше
Speak little, listen a lot, and think even more.

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