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Ukrainian paganism field project

  • CA BMUFA 0025
  • Collection
  • 2006-2011

The collection consists of field research materials collected by Mariya Lesiv as part of her research during doctorate studies at the Ukrainian Folklore Program, University of Alberta, and a copy of her dissertation entitled "Modern Paganism between east and west: construction of an alternative national identity in Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora." 15 mini-DVs contain field video, 10 CDs - photographs, documenting rituals and interviews with Pagans in both Ukraine and North America.

Dissertation abstract:

Modern Ukrainian Paganism is a new religious movement that draws upon beliefs and practices from over a thousand years ago. It represents a mode of resistance to both the political oppression of Ukraine and the dominant position of Christianity in that country. Paganism spread among the urban Ukrainian intelligentsia in the North American diaspora after World War II, and developed actively in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today, while experiencing a great decline in the diaspora, it is rapidly growing in Ukraine, involving many different Pagan communities and thousands of believers.

Pagans draw on a variety of sources including both historical chronicles containing information about old Slavic mythology and contemporary rural folklore that is believed to maintain remnants of the old pagan worldview. Although many folkloric forms have been appropriated by the Christian church, contemporary Pagans consider these elements to have originated in pre-Christian times and reclaim them for their own needs.

This work is the first extended study of Ukrainian Paganism in its post-Soviet East European context and in the North American diaspora, simultaneously comparing it with Western Paganism. It is based on ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation of rituals and interviews with Pagans in both Ukraine and North America, as well as on archival and published materials.

While focusing predominantly on the revival of pagan folklore within this movement, this thesis demonstrates how the imagined past has become important for constructing an alternative national identity in modern contexts of socio-political turmoil. The thesis suggests that this cultural revival often has little to do with historical reality, since there is limited primary information available. Like other revivals, it involves the construction of new cultural forms through creative interpretations of the ancestral past. Moreover, the obscurity of the past allows individualistic interpretations that result in many variations of similar forms. These forms are examined in their relationship to the concepts of nationalism, gender, charisma and power, religious syncretism, and aesthetics. This work is multidisciplinary in nature as it draws upon theoretical frameworks developed in fields of folkloristics, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies and art criticism. It contributes to the understanding of modern cultural processes that shape the national consciousness of people in various parts of the world.

Lesiv, Mariya

Ukrainian Pioneers Association of Alberta collection

  • CA BMUFA 0042
  • Collection
  • 1941-1997

The collection consists of the Certificate of Incorporation (1941), history of the organization in Ukrainian and English, meetings agenda and minutes, correspondence between UPAA and various people in Ukraine, project reports and documentation (includes two publication projects: Svarich Memoirs and Plawiuk's Ukrainian Proverbs), photographs and a ledger.

Ukrainian Pioneers Association of Alberta

Ukrainian Professional and Business Club of Edmonton collection

  • 0296
  • Collection
  • 1966-1995

The collection includes:

  • club information and constitution
  • membership rosters
  • minutes of general, annual and executive meetings
  • materials of various organizational committees
  • Narrative and financial reports
  • Incoming and outgoing correspondence
  • constitution and other materials of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Businessmen's Federation
  • materials of UPBC and UPBA from Kamloops, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg
  • material of conventions
  • materials of bilingual program
  • newsletters
  • newspaper clippings
  • minutes and other materials of Ukrainian Bilingual Association

Ukrainian Professional and Business Club

Ukrainian proverbs in Zabava Program collection

  • CA BMUFA 0037
  • Collection
  • 2011-2016

The collection consists of the audio recordings of proverbs recorded by Jason Golinowski with Andriy Nahachewsky for the Zabava program on the 840 CFCW.

Nahachewsky, Andriy

Verkhovyna Vocal Ensemble collection

  • CA BMUFA 0086
  • Collection
  • 1952-1995

The collection consists of organizational documents of the Verkhovyna ensemble, correspondence, photographs, concert programs, brochures, and press clippings.

Verkhovyna Vocal Ensemble

Viter Ukrainian folk choir field project collection

  • CA BMUFA 0023
  • Collection
  • 2014

The Viter Ukrainian Folk Group Choir was a large group project, supported by KuFC equipment and logistics. Graduate students from the Fall 2014 Folklore Research Methods class (MLCS) taught by Andriy Nahachewsky attended a number of rehearsals and performances by the Viter Ukrainian Folk Choir of Edmonton. Students gained experience using recording equipment, conducting interviews and then published their findings. They produced two short videos documenting the choir on stage and as a community.

Students: Nataliya Bezborodova, Larisa Cheladyn, Kateryna Kod, Kelci Mohr, Deepak Paramashivan, Allison Sokil and Dana Wylie.

Aside from two films, there are many photographs in the collection.

Vivian Osachuk folklore collection

  • CA BMUFA 0104
  • Collection
  • 1984

This collections includes an essay by Vivian Osachuk on the development of the contemporary bandura scene for the course Ukrainian Arts in Canada.

Osachuk, Vivian

Volodymyr Plaviuk proverbs collection

  • CA BMUFA 0237
  • Collection
  • 1908-1946

This is a typed manuscript of Ukrainian proverbs compiled by Volodymyr Plaviuk (Vladimir Plawiuk). Many have handwritten notes next to them, corrections, or translations.

Plaviuk, Volodymyr

Wadym Dobrolige art collection

  • CA BMUFA 0244
  • Collection
  • 1940s-1950s(?)

This collection consists of five oil paintings by Wadym Dobrolige.

Dobrolige, Wadym

Walter Garbera folklore collection

  • CA BMUFA 0073
  • Collection
  • 1986

This collection contains a book review and an essay on Ukrainian mixed marriages written by Walter Garbera for his Ukrainian courses.

Garbera, Walter

Yarema Kowalchuk folklore collection

  • CA BMUFA 0059
  • Collection
  • 1977-1981

The collection includes Yarema Kowalchuk's final essay for the course UKR-699.

Kowalchuk, Yarema

Zemlya/Nanaskomun collection

  • CA BMUFA 0080
  • Collection
  • 23 September 2012

On September 23, 2012, Myrna Kostash co-hosted an event in Edmonton called Zemlya/Nanaskomun (The land/We give thanks): A Ceremonial Exchange of Gifts, which meant to remind there there had once been a relationship between Ukrainians and Indigenous peoples.

The collections consists of photographs of the event, and an article about the event by Myrna Kostash in the albertaviews. As Myrna wrote on her website: "The Ceremony evolved from my desire as a descendent of Ukrainian settlers on Treaty Six land to acknowledge the relationship between my people and the First Nations people through the shared gift of the land. The emphasis was on ceremony and acknowledgement of relationship. The idea of the Exchange of Gifts was mine but I shared the event with my co-host Métis advocate, Sharon Pasula." (https://www.myrnakostash.com/zemlya-nanaskomun-gallery/ accessed January 9, 2021)

Andriy Nahachewsky (then Director of the Kule Folklore Centre) and Lynnien Pawluk (Kule Folklore Centre Administrator) participated in the event. Andriy shared a story of his grandfather. Lynnien shared gifts with a representative of the Indigenous community. See the article for detailed description of the event.

Kostash, Myrna

Праця : Просьвітній двотижневик для Руського народу в Бразилії

  • CA BMUFA UF2009.032
  • Collection
  • 1912-1923

Pratsia (Brazil) («Праця»; Work; in local transcription: Pracia). A Ukrainian newspaper in Brazil published by the Basilian monastic order in Prudentópolis since 1912. Initially a fortnightly, it became a weekly in 1915. It carried mainly regional news and religious articles. It was closed down by the Brazilian authorities in 1917–19 and 1940–6. Annual almanacs have been published (with interruptions) by the paper since 1919. In 1966 it added a regular children’s section. The press run has been estimated at approximately 1,700 in the 1930s and 2,300 to 3,000 in the postwar period. Pratsia editors have included O. Martynets, Yosyp Martynets, M. Nychka, I. Vihorynsky, K. Korchagin, V. Burko, and V. Zinko. (Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine)

Helen Kozicky collection

  • CA BMUFA 0297
  • Collection
  • 1944-1945

The collection consists of a diary of Helen Kozicky who was a Secretary of the Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen's Association Club in London, England, during World War II. She kept the diary during 1944-1945. The Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen's Association was founded in January 1943. Its goals were social and humanitarian. The executive and active members helped to make the Club "a place of relaxation with a Ukrainian home atmosphere." There is also a UCSA membership card issued on January 30, 1944 in the name of Peter Poohkay.

Kozicky, Helen

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