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A collection of wedding customs and songs

This work consists of descriptions of Ukrainian wedding customs and wedding songs recorded from Mrs. Olga Savaryn (mother) and Mrs. Olena Prystajecky (grandmother). All songs are transcribed and translated. This collection was a result of a fieldwork project which was part of the assignment for the UKR 422 course at the University of Alberta in the fall term of 1979. This project includes: sheet music, song lyrics, and indexed interviews.

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

Ashley Halko-Addley fieldwork collection

  • CA BMUFA 0228
  • Collection
  • approximately 2018-2019

This collection consists of materials collected by Ashley Halko-Addley for her graduate research project, Waxing Away Illness, at the University of Alberta. In 2018, Ashley conducted interviews and observations of the wax ceremony in Saskatchewan and Alberta. This collection consists primarily of transcripts, audio recordings, and fieldnotes, with select supplementary materials.

A supplementary website was created by Ashley Halko-Addley. The website highlights some of the participants and important selections from their interviews. The website can be accessed here: https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/waxingawayillness/

Halko-Addley, Ashley

Bill and Michelle Tracy Kalyna Country collection

  • CA BMUFA 0285
  • Collection
  • 1961-2008

The collection consist of documents related to the Kalyna Country project collected by the Government of Alberta advisor for Kalyna Country Ecomuseum Bill Tracy. It includes materials of the Kalyna Country Ecomuseum Trust Society, Kalyna Country Destination Marketing organization, Shandro museum and Lakusta museum.

The Kalyna Country Ecomuseum Project was initiated in 1990 as a joint undertaking by the then Department of Culture and Multiculturalism and the Candian Institute of Ukrainian studies. Conceptually the Ecomuseum was to preserve and develop the heritage resources - both cultural and natural - of a 15,000 square kilometer portion of East Central Alberta which was primarily settled at the turn of the century by Ukrainian pioneers. In 1992 the residents of the area organized themselves into a non-profit association called the “Kalyna Country Ecomuseum Trust Society”. The Board of Directors of the Society were drawn from across the entire ecomuseum which has been divided into “electoral districts”. The Society had undertaken various research and promotional projects.

Kalyna Country Ecomuseum is a “heritage” and eco-tourism district, “living” outdoor museum in rural East Central Alberta.

Officially, Kalyna Country comprises Sturgeon County, Thorhild County, Smoky Lake County, the County of St. Paul No. 19, the County of Vermilion River, the County of Two Hills No. 21, the County of Minburn No. 27, Beaver County, Lamont County, and Strathcona County and many of the neighbouring urban municipalities, Indian reserves and Metis settlements.

Tracy, Bill and Michelle

Boris Radio ethnographic collection

  • CA BMUFA 0076
  • Collection
  • 1979

The collection consists of folk songs recorded during December 1979 for the UKR-422 Ukrainian Folklore course at the University of Alberta. It includes texts of 21 songs collected by Boris Radio from Mrs. T. Gural, Mrs. N. Radio, and Mrs. Hulewich, their biographical information. In addition to transcripts of the songs, Boris translated them. The audio cassette contains recording of the songs and histories of interviewees.

Radio, Boris

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)

Chester and Luba Kuc UCAMA collection

  • CA BMUFA 0266
  • Collection
  • 1911-1998, predominant 1950s-1980s

The collection consists of materials related to Chester and Luba Kuc's professional and social life. It includes materials representing dance groups founded or taught by Chester; photographs of Ukrainian costumes and dances; concert programs, music scores of Ukrainian songs, a collection of Ukrainian postcards, and some self-published educational materials of the Ukrainian youth organizations.

Kuc, Chester and Luba

CIUS interviews

  • CA BMUFA 0231
  • Collection
  • 2014

Jars Balan interviewed several people who were crucial for the development of Ukrainian studies in Canada. Oleksandr Pankieiev recorded the interview. Jars Balan on behalf of CIUS deposited a copy of the interviews to the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives.

Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies

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

Clapping at what?

The essay analyzes videos of 23 dances representing western Ukraine for instances of applause during group work in an attempt to elucidate what motivates audiences to clap.

Video of dances by Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet.

Collection of proverbs and beliefs

A collection of proverbs and beliefs relating to folk medicine collected from various informants: Maria Basarab, John Martyniuk and Paraskevia Kostiuk.

Maria Basarab came to Canada in 1951 from Kryve village in Kozova raion, Ternopil' region.

John Martyniuk was born in Canada, near Mundare, in 1912.

Paraskevia Kostiuk came to Canada from Ukraine in 1963 (she was 66 years old at the time of the interview).

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.

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