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Orest Semchishen photograph collection

  • CA BMUFA 0001
  • Collection
  • 1970s - 1980s

Collection consists of photographs depicting Byzantine rite churches in rural Alberta.

Semchishen, Orest

Porayko-Kyforuk family collection

  • CA BMUFA 0002
  • Collection
  • 1895-1980s

Collection consists of correspondence, memoirs, diaries, school reports, financial documents, photographs, research notes of Sophia Kyforuk and Octavia Hall.

Kyforuk family

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

Malanka at the University of Alberta

  • CA BMUFA 0004
  • Collection
  • 1973 - 1993

The Faculty Club Malanka collection features memorabilia from the annual Malanka that took place at the University of Alberta Faculty Club between January 13, 1973 and January 1993. Included in the collection are masks, programs and other ephemera related to the festivities. There are 20 masks worn by mummers for Malanka ’89. The masks were designed and created in December of 1988 by Meron Sembaliuk with the assistance of his father Paul Sembaliuk. Each mask was handmade, either with papier-mâché or from articles found around the home. Meron organized a group of his friends to take on the various characters associated with the event. Included were: Mark Ferbey (Malanka), Ihor Hlushok (Sun God), Vasyl Maluzynsky (Vasyl/soldier), Shannon Hohol (soldier), and Terry Taciuk (thief). Other characters included: a Bear, a Goat, a Gypsy, a Star, an Old Man, a Bird.

There is also a letter from Dr. Manoly Lupul addressed to the Faculty Club administration outlining menu requirements, plus program menus which were designed and printed by Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn. Decorations for the event included unique rushnyky (ritual towels) that were designed and created by Paul Sembaliuk with the assistance of his wife Pat Sembaliuk, and his children Larisa and her husband Mich, sons Philip, Meron, Yuri and youngest daughter Andrea. This collection has the rushnyk specifically worn by Roman Onufrijchuk, the master of ceremonies for Malanka ’77.

The first Malanka at the Faculty Club was hosted by Dr. Metro Gulutsan. In the years that followed MC’s were invited from within the Edmonton Ukrainian Community and beyond including: Roman Onufrijchuk and Myroslav Kohut.

Sembaliuk family

Goberman photograph collection

  • CA BMUFA 0005
  • Collection
  • 1960-1970

David Goberman photograph collection consists of several thousand photographs, taken in 1960-1970, that feature material culture and architecture of Bukovyna, Transcarpathia, and Galicia.

Goberman, David

Honchar photograph collection

  • CA BMUFA 0006
  • Collection
  • end of 1950s - 1993

The collection consists of three albums of photographs many of which were included in the historical and ethnographic albums "Ivan Honchar: Ukraine and Ukrainians".

Honchar, Ivan

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

Lubomyr Romankiw Plast collection

  • CA BMUFA 0018
  • Collection
  • May 30, 2015

The collection consist of a photograph and audio recording of the talk Lubomyr Romankiw gave for the Edmonton Plast parents during annual Sviato Vesny (Spring Celebration) organized by Edmonton Plast at the Elk Island National Park in East Central Alberta on May 30, 2015. Dr. Romankiw speaks about Plast, its creation, and activities in the past and today in Ukraine and diaspora communities around the world.

Romankiw, Lubomyr

Sluzar music score collection

  • CA BMUFA 0020
  • Collection
  • late 1800s - late 1900s

The Sluzar Music Score is a collection of over 1,600 handwritten, copied and printed sheet music items and musical scores, and it contains more than 2,500 individual songs. It contains a unique variety of musical genres – from folk songs to opera and operetta scores, and from classical to liturgical and spiritual songs. Most of the pieces are arranged for choral performance; however, many solos, duets, quartets, and even instrumental arrangements are included as well.

The collection spans nearly a century in its compositions and publications, from the late 1800s to the end of the 20th century. Its songs reflect the incredibly rich historical legacy of the Ukrainian people and chronicle events from Cossack and chumak times all the way to the World Wars of the 1900s. The collection also strongly reflects the customs and traditions of the Ukrainian people through its assortment of folk songs – from hahilky and Kupalo songs to koliadky and shchedrivky.

Sluzar, Wolodymyr

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

Poster collection

  • CA BMUFA 0022
  • Collection
  • 1960-2016

The Poster collections consists of 919 posters advertising various dance events as well as Ukrainian community events across Canada: festivals, dance and choir concerts, lectures and presentations, and many other.

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.

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

Onufrijchuk family collection

  • CA BMUFA 0027
  • Collection

This is a collection of folklore materials and family archives from Roman Onufrijchuk, a key leader in the 1970s and 1980s "Cultural Immersion Camps" organized by CYMK, which involved many future leaders of the Ukrainian community across Canada. This unique and large collection highlights one family's experience in Ukraine, in the Displaced Camps in Europe, and in Canada. The Onufrijchuk fonds includes family photographs, correspondence, souvenirs, publications and a large collection of embroideries.

Onufrijchuk, Roman

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