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Local Culture project

  • CA BMUFA 0003
  • Collection
  • 2003-2005

The goal of the Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies project was to document everyday life, ethno-cultural identity and regional variation among people of Ukrainian, French, German and English heritage. How did people from diverse backgrounds interact, adapt and become "prairie Canadians" in the first half of the twentieth century? What was the relationship between cultural inheritance and local community participation? How did they express their various identities on the local community level? The project was designed to generate a great deal of documentary information and primary resources for further research in many aspects of these people's lives.

The collection consists of some 800 hours of audio recordings documenting life in approximately 450 different locations on the Prairies and across Canada prior to 1939, as well as video recordings, photographs, documents, field notes and other material associated with the project.

Kule Folklore Centre

Cultural Immersion Camp Selo collection

  • CA BMUFA 0007
  • Collection
  • 1970s-1985

The collection consists of incorporation documents, applications and registration, reports, financial records, promotional materials, staff recruitment and program development records, and course materials.

Saving Ukrainian Canadians' Heritage: SUCH project

  • CA BMUFA 0008
  • Collection
  • 1971-1972

The goal of the “Saving Ukrainian Canadians’ Heritage” oral history project was to document stories of Ukrainian pioneers in the Prairie Provinces. The project was led by CYMK, and its digitization and revival are a collaboration between the Kule Folklore Centre and the Ukrainian Museum of Canada-Saskatoon. It consists of hundreds of hours of interviews conducted in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario from 1971-1972. There are also 700 photographs: some historical, and others – from the time of the project.
"Under the federal government sponsored plan for student employment "Opportunities for Youth", the Canadian Ukrainian Youth Association is sponsoring project "S.U.C.H."- Save the Ukrainian Canadian Heritage. This Association, which may be briefly designated as "C.Y.M.K" is a nationally based youth organization founded in 1931. Its prime aim is to foster, promote and develop in the national life of Canada the finest cultural elements and traditions of the Ukrainian people. The national office of CYMK, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, serves as an information bureau, a programme source, public relations office and an organizer of various workshops, conferences and conventions.
"Project SUCH is research oriented. The main objective is to record and collect information and artifacts of historical and ethnological significance from various Ukrainian communities across eastern and Western Canada. This will be primarily accomplished by recorded interviews with Ukrainian pioneers and through public meetings to turn the attention of local youth and adults to the precious nature of their heritage.
"Specifically, the research will be carried out by talking to pioneer settlers, recording folklore, songs, traditions and pioneer accounts of life in Canada, collecting books, records and accounts of historical interest from the Ukrainian community.
"Fifteen students will be doing field work in Ukrainian communities throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario for the summer months, with an additional student coordinator in Saskatoon overseeing the entire project.
"The necessity for work of this nature has been evident for some time but lack of funds has impeded the realization to a great extent. This project as SUCH will provide and opportunity for our young students to make a valuable contribution to Canadian culture- to study the process of acculturation- preservation and adaptation of one's cultural heritage.
"As a result of this work various groups and agencies will benefit, e.g., universities, provincial tourist bureaus, Dominion and Provincial Archives and Museums, local Ukrainian community organizations and public libraries. It is therefore, sincerely hoped that the communities will welcome these young students and where necessary, provide assistance and support."

Ukrainian Museum of Canada - Saskatoon

Robert Klymasz fieldwork collection

  • CA BMUFA 0009
  • Collection
  • 1964-1965

Collection consists of Ukrainian folk songs and stories recorded by R. Klymasz during 1964-1965 at various locations in the Prairie Provinces and Ontario.

Klymasz, Robert Bohdan

Stephania Nahachewsky music collection

  • CA BMUFA 0012
  • Collection

The collection consists of liturgical music, including Entrance and Recessional, Hymns in Honour of the Mother of God, Holy Spirit, Holy Eucharist, Various Saints, Tropars, Easter; and music scores and lyrics of Ukrainian folk songs (calendar cycle). It has been organized in three series: Folk music, Religious music, and Plast Song Books (self-published).

Elsie Kawulych collection

  • CA BMUFA 0014
  • Collection

A collection of phonograph records, books, photographs, ethnic clothing, posters, correspondence with Ukraine, Argentina and Brazil, and an interview with Elsie Kawulych (recorded on August 7, 2014).

Kawulych, Elsie

Gaudun-Lakusta family collection

  • CA BMUFA 0015
  • Collection
  • 1912-2004

The collection consists of personal documents, immigration documents, photographs, audio and video recordings about a life of Nick and Stephani (nee Hretciuk) Gaudun and John Lakusta and his family.

Gaudun family

Gloria Rutherford family collection

  • CA BMUFA 0017
  • Collection
  • [200-]

Collection consists of four family histories researched and self-published by Gloria Rutherford: Yakemchuk family, Cherweniuk family, Bezmutko family, and Pluta family (Gloria's family on her mother's and father's sides). There are multiple newspaper clippings and family photographs enclosed in the books. Many of the photographs are signed at the back identifying people.
A local history book "A walk down memory lane" about Hufford, SK.
"My heritage from the builders of Canada" - a book by Olivia Rose Fry - Gloria's aunt, signed by the author on August 8, 1967: "To my dear niece Gloria and Phill Rutherford"

Rutherford, Gloria

CIUS oral history project

  • CA BMUFA 0021
  • Collection
  • 1982-1984

Oral History Project was implemented by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies in 1982-1984. During that period of time two researchers -- Lubomyr Luciuk and Zenon Zwarycz -- interviewed more than 135 members of the Ukrainian community all over Canada, both immigrants and those already born in Canada. The interviews were digitized in 2014-2016 producing a database of over 400 sound files. The interviews focus on the Ukrainian organizational life both in the Old Country and Canada, as well as political and/or social activities of the interviewees. They also encompass childhood and formative years of each interviewee, their education, family stories, participation in the Ukrainian War of Independence, WWI, routes of emigration to Canada, patterns of settlement within Canada, relations with a broader Canadian society; WWII, DPs, Ukrainian-Canadian institutions, prominent personalities, as well as the religious and political mosaic inside the Ukrainian community in Canada.

Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies

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.

Canadian Ukrainian dance competitions project

  • CA BMUFA 0028
  • Collection
  • 1996-2002

This project was the core fieldwork collection phase of Jason Golinowski's master thesis.

A dozen or more dance competitions are organized in western Canada which include or focus exclusively on Ukrainian dance, with an estimated total of some 8000 entries per year in recent years. The number of competitions and competitors has risen significantly in the past five years. This increase in popularity raises numerous questions regarding the functioning of "ethnic" cultural activities in this country. Various theories explaining "ethnic persistence" and "ethnic revival" have been proposed. The present project is designed to develop an empirical base of data to test aspects of these conceptual models.

The project consists of asking competition organizers for competition programs and marks through their histories, information which is quite readily available to these committees. A detailed database of the competitors, their home group, instructors, their marks and placements, adjudicators, repertoire and other information will allow an analysis of behavior trends that will shed light into the functions of the competitions and the motivations of the various categories of participants.

This project is relatively self-contained and has been proposed as a Master's thesis by Jason Golinowski in the Ukrainian Folklore Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Studies. It is also connected to a larger study conducted by Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky, dealing with "new ethnicity" and Canadian Ukrainian dance.
(from Project proposal)

Nick Mischi collection

  • CA BMUFA 0029
  • Collection
  • 1932-2004

The collection consists of Nick Mischi's 90th anniversary album with cards, greetings and photographs, his 95th anniversary album, documents and photographs related to his induction to the Hall of Fame at the Vegreville Pysanka Festival, certificates of appreciation from the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, letters, and other photographs.

Mischi, Nicholai

Daria Luciw ethnographic collection

  • CA BMUFA 0034
  • Collection
  • 1979, 1980

A collection of texts of songs, proverbs and customs collected from informants in Alberta. Appendix contains text of a religious letter from Father Kuban.

Luciw, Daria

Patricia Pelech Carrow Ukrainian folk art collection

  • CA BMUFA 0035
  • Collection
  • 1976-1981

In the summers of 1976-1981 inclusive, Patricia Pelech (Olsen) Carrow taught Ukrainian Folk Weaving at the Banff School of Fine Arts, now the Banff Centre, in their Visual Arts Department as part of its Weaving/Textile Arts program (later called Fibre Arts). She and her mother, Fiona Pelech, did extensive research in developing visual presentations for this course. They prepared over one thousand slides to present to the students as reference material. The sources for the slides are unknown.

Included in the slides are images pertaining to Ukrainian weaving, embroidery, costuming, baking, ceremonial occasions and photographs of the class participants in Banff.

Pelech Carrow, Patricia

Nadia Korpus collection

  • CA BMUFA 0038
  • Collection
  • 1945-1967

The collection is comprised of Rusalka Dance Ensemble archives, Nadia’s original choreography created for Rusalka, as well as related notes, correspondence, and reference materials for her creations.

Korpus, Nadia

Anna Drepko collection

  • CA BMUFA 0041
  • Collection
  • 1950s-1990s

The collection consists of pillow covers and a wall hanging embroidered by Anna Drepko, Maria's mother, and memorial cards collected by her at various funerals in Winnipeg and area.

Drepko, Anna

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

Taste of Ukraine restaurant collection

  • CA BMUFA 0046
  • Collection
  • ca. 1990

The collection consists of the brochure of the Taste of Ukraine restaurant and the menu. The Taste of Ukraine restaurant was located near Chipman, Alberta. The house was originally built by John Wyrha (1908-1911) near Caliento, MB, approximately 10 miles from Vita, MB, near the US border. The house was purchased by Michael and Evdokia Mushaluk, parents of Mrs. Fedoryshyn and then sold to Stephen Fedoryshyn in 1935. Stephen and Mary Fedoryshyn lived in the house until 1967. They had two daughters: Roslyn who married John Bohonos, and Mrs. Stephen Verchomin, wife of Peter Verchomin.

In the summer of 1979, Henry Panych purchased the house and on Labour Day weekend, he and his brother Fred carefully recorded the layout of the house and tagged every timber and material (except the thatch). With the help of two local people the house was dismantled and loaded on a Doucet Transport high boy and hauled to Chipman, AB.

In 1980 the house was assembled in a new location using original timber. The decayed material was replaced. The unique 12 foot chimney was reconstructed by Jim Serink and the rye straw for the thatched roof was made by John Stanko.

Jason Golinowski ethnographic collection

  • CA BMUFA 0048
  • Collection
  • 1993-1998

The collection consists of field materials collected by Jason Golinowski during his master studies at the Ukrainian Folklore program, University of Alberta, as well as essays on a wide range of Ukrainian folklore topics, such as Ukrainian crafts, rites of passage, folksongs, celebrations, personal narratives, and others.

Golinowski, Jason

Sogu Hong ethnographic collection

  • CA BMUFA 0049
  • Collection
  • 1995-2000

The collection consists of field materials collected by Sogu Hong during his courses at the Ukrainian Folklore program, University of Alberta, as well as essays on a wide range of Ukrainian folklore topics: Ukrainian folk songs, ethnic jokes; immigrant tombstones; calendar customs and family rites, such as Christmas, childbirth, weddings; folk arts and crafts; foodways, and others.

Hong, Sogu

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