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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." ( 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

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

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

Wadym Dobrolige art collection

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

This collection consists of five oil paintings by Wadym Dobrolige.

Dobrolige, Wadym

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

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

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.

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

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

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 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 music on record 33 rpm collection

  • CA kufc-libr 0053
  • Collection
  • 1950s-2000s (predominantly 1960s to 1980s)

The collection consists of phonograph records published in Canada, the United States, Australia, Ukraine and other countries between 1960s and 1980s. The publication labels include: Aprelevskii Zavod, Melodia, Chwyli Dnistra and many others.

Ukrainian Folklore Centre re-naming collection

  • Collection
  • 2006

The collection consists of photos and video footage from the event of the re-naming and additional gift by Drs. Peter and Doris Kule held in the Timms Centre, University of Alberta on 6 September 2006. Recognizing the contribution Ukrainian folklore plays in the development and preservation of Ukrainian culture and heritage, the Kules made another substantial gift to the University of Alberta in September 2006. To honor the Kules’ vision to see the centre expand and grow as a leading entity, the centre was renamed the Peter and Doris Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore at a ceremony attended by several dignitaries including Dr. Indira Samarasekera, UofA President, and Dr. Daniel Woolf, Dean of Arts.

With this gift, the Kule Centre Endowment and the Kule Fellowship Endowment was established. Funds from the interest generated from these endowments is used for research projects, scholarships, publications and teaching. The Centre has been able to expand beyond Ukrainian Folklore to include Canadian Folklore studies, filling a much needed resource void in Western Canada.

Kule Folklore Centre

Ukrainian Diaspora Composers collection

  • CA BMUFA 0271
  • Collection
  • 2001-2021

The collection consists of articles about Ukrainian diaspora composers researched, written, and translated within the Ukrainian Diaspora Research Project conducted by the Ukraine Millennium Foundation.

The Composers of the Ukrainian Diaspora Research Project was initiated in 2001 when Pittsburgh musicologist Taras Filenko, PhD, approached Ukraine Millennium Foundation president Gordon (Bud) Conway, offering to research and author the project. The UMF Board supported the concept and received permission from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to use gaming funds to pay for the long-term project. The project was to include the biographies of approximately 40 composers living and working outside Ukraine. It was originally conceived as a book, but ultimately has become a compilation placed into the Bohdan Medwidsky Archives of the Kule Centre at the University of Alberta.

Phase One, completed in 2021, contains articles on 21 composers of the Ukrainian diaspora. Written primarily in Ukrainian, the files have been translated into English and edited by Lada Hornjatkevyc from 2008 to 2021.

In a letter dated from October 3, 2001, Dr. Filenko related the rationale of the project:

“One of the purposes of this project is to bring hitherto hidden composers into the spotlight of international music. I feel strongly that there will be many discoveries. For example, there were two brothers-composers in the Ukrainian musical milieu at the end of the 19th century. Their surname was Akimenko, one of them emigrated to France and the other remained in Ukraine and composed under the pen name Stepovy.

I recently learned that the brother in France, although living in poverty, composed music as well… This is just one of the many interesting realities on the journey into the unknown terrain of the resurrection of Ukrainian music.”

Many years later, in 2020, Dr. Filenko explained why the article on Vasyl Bezkorovayny was still incomplete. The archive was in his brother’s private home in Simferopil and had been inaccessible since the Russian takeover of Crimea. These stories reveal some of the challenges in compiling research on composers included in this project.

Because Ukrainian history includes centuries of foreign domination, a great number of composers and musicians left their homeland and took up residence in other countries. Australia, Canada, Italy, Czechia, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and other countries have benefitted from the talents of their nationals of Ukrainian heritage. The Ukraine Millennium foundation intends to fund research into the identification of these composers.

Phase One of the Composers of the Ukrainian Diaspora Project includes Fedir Akimenko, Virko Baley, Vasyl Bezkorovayny, Peter Deriashnyj, George Fiala, Mykola Fomenko, Michael Hayvoronsky, Andrij Hnatyschyn, Wadym Kipa, Alexander Koshetz, Marian Kouzan, Gary Kulesha, Larysa Kuzmenko, Hryhory Kytasty, Zenoby Lawryshyn, Zenowij Lysko, Yuriy Oliynyk, Roman Prydatkevytch, Ihor Sonevytsky, Stefania Turkewich-Lukianovych and Wasyl Wytwycky.

The Diaspora Composers Project was designed to develop through four stages, described by Dr. Filenko in 2002:

Stage 1. Initial (Preliminary)
Evaluation of the existing research related to the project. Gathering publicly available and published information on the subject. Further delineation of the sub-stages of the project. Definition of the most efficient way of gathering information.

Stage 2. Intermediate
Systematization of the material based upon historical, socio-political, geographical and cultural criteria.

Stage 3. Advanced
Selection of auxiliary sources for additional information. Reevaluation of the cultural context and the role of the particular individual in cultural development and his/her influence on the musical culture. Musicological analysis of the selected compositions, comparative analysis of the stylistic characteristics, etc.

Stage 4. Final Stage
Unification of the form of presentation, development of academic apparatus, such as indices, maps, music examples, photo materials, and possibly audio material. Style of footnotes, especially related to archival materials from different countries, list of illustrations and additional materials.

Future of the Project
Upon completion of the Composers of the Ukrainian Diaspora Project (Phase One), with files on 21 composers placed in the Bohdan Medwidsky Archives in 2021, UMF intends to continue to fund Phase Two of the project.

Ukraine Millennium Foundation

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