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Andriy Nahachewsky Brazil collection

  • CA BMUFA 0045
  • Collection
  • 2009-2010

Andriy Nahachewsky travelled to Brazil for 6 months (Nov 2009 – May 2010), and worked intensively to document the traditional culture of the Ukrainian community there (some 400,000 people, rural and urban). He visited some 40 communities with a significant Ukrainian population in the states of Parana, Sao Paulo and Santa Catarina. He recorded over 250 interviews, took approximately 12,000 photographs and recorded 53 hours of video recordings. He collected a small number of artifacts of traditional life, and amassed a library of approximately 200 books (either hard copy or electronically as pdf). Research methods included audience/participation, unstructured, and semi-structured interviews, as well as work in personal and institutional archives.

Since this was the first substantial ethnographic/folkloristic documentation of this community, Andriy cast the project’s mandate quite broadly, collecting diachronic and synchronic information on material culture (farming practices, foodlore, traditional crafts, folk architecture, religious painting), as well as oral traditions (dialectal speech, songs, legends, personal experience narratives), customary lore (particularly weddings, Christmas, Easter and other calendar holidays), spiritual culture (formal religion as well as folk beliefs, folk medicine, etc), performing arts (music and dance) and local history. In all cases, he was interested in continuity from the European heritage, but also particularly in hybridity and change in the community’s traditions.

The main goal of the project was to collect materials to write a book comparing Ukrainian traditional culture on three continents. People from western Ukraine emigrated to both Canada and Brazil from the same villages (mostly from the province of Galicia in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire), at the same time (largest wave of migration from 1891 until 1914), and for the same reasons (scarcity of farmland in Galicia, while Canada and Brazil were both hoping to settle newly opened agricultural territories quickly).

The traditions of the community in Brazil are rich and conceptually interesting. They are similar to Canadian traditions in many ways, but also quite different. The data raise numerous issues in ethnic symbolism, cultural continuity, and the relationship between traditions and their environment. Key strengths in the data relate to wedding traditions, personal history narratives, ethnic dance traditions, religious art, and calendar customs. There is good new information on regional diversity within the Ukrainian communities in Brazil.

Nahachewsky, Andriy

Jaroslaw Iwanusiw collection

  • CA BMUFA 0279
  • Collection
  • 1936-1990, predominantly 1954-1990

The collection consists of correspondence, leaflets, and reports related to the fundraising for and subscription to the Encyclopedia of Ukraine (Енциклопедія Українознавства), which the creator collected as a representative of the "Encyclopedia of Ukraine" dissemination in Alberta and a treasurer of the Patronage NTSh-EY-2 in Edmonton. The other part of the collection is comprised of the documents related to the Alberta fundraising for the Leonid Pliouchtch family in France. The collection also includes a rare collective photo from 1936 or 1937.

Iwanusiw, Jaroslaw

Kost' Telychko collection

  • CA BMUFA 0286
  • Collection
  • 1944-1994

This collection consists of the following groups of materials:

  • baptism and Canadian citizenship certificates,
  • biographies,
  • private photographs and negatives, portraits,
  • certificates of honour,
  • appreciation letters and greeting postcards,
  • materials of anniversary celebrations: thank you letters, clipping about Telychko's 75-anniversary celebration (1982),
  • newspaper publications, presentations and addresses by Telychko: essay about the Day of Statehood (1960), an obituary of Metropolitan Illarion (1972), Telychko's speech at the Ukrainian schools' exhibit opening (1979),
  • eight broadcast scripts compiled by Telychko about Mykola Leontovych, Lesia Ukrainka, Mykola Lysenko, some historical events (Konotop battle, Carpathian Ukraine), SUS convention in 1979, Easter holiday, and Thanksgiving Day.

Telychko, Kost'

Lys Mykyta collection

  • CA BMUFA 0096
  • Collection
  • 1966-1982

The collection consists of 147 issues of the satirical and humour magazine "Lys Mykyta" published in Detroit by Edward Kozak. He started publishing it in 1948, after he emigrated to Germany after the WWII. In 1949 he settled in the United States, and resumed publishing Lys Mykyta in 1951.

Kozak, Edward

Orest and Emilia Zarsky collection

  • CA BMUFA 0230
  • Collection
  • 1918-1996

The collection consists of personal documents of Orest and Emilia Zarsky, community event programs and other ephemera, publications on various Ukrainian and religious topics, badges and banners, an embroidered tray, and wedding clothes and items.

Zarsky, Orest and Emilia

Peter John Lazarowich collection

  • CA BMUFA 0282
  • Collection
  • 1928-1993, predominant 1932-1980

The collection comprises personal and official documents collected by Peter Lazarowich during his career as a student of the Charles University and the Ukrainian Free University in Prague, Canadian lawyer and Ukrainian community leader. It includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, the creator's diaries and passports, minutes of organizations, photographs, etc.

Lazarowich, Peter John

Soltykewych Ukrainian Canadian community collection

  • CA BMUFA 0116
  • Collection
  • 1951 - 1976

The collection consists of posters, programs, brochures, periodical publications related to various events and organizations in the Ukrainian Canadian community in Edmonton. Collected by Roman Soltykewych and Orest Soltykevych. The collection is organized into the following series:

  • Plast Functions 1956 -1978
  • Exhibits 1967 - 1974
  • Taras Shevchenko Functions 1952 - 1980
  • Religious Occasions (Christmas near end) 1951 - 1987
  • Dancing Concerts 1960 - 1990
  • Out-of-Towner's in Edmonton 1969 - 1990
  • Political Functions (Jan. 22 near end) 1951 - 1979
  • Ukrainian Festivals 1951 - 1979
  • Ukrainian Cultural Functions 1962 - 1980
  • Festivals with Ukrainians & Other Ethnic Groups 1961 - 1974
  • CYMK 1956 - 1981
  • Concerts out of Edmonton by non-Edmontonians 1961 - 1976
  • Live Ukrainian Theatre 1964 - 1977
  • Phonograph recordings
  • Portraits
  • Maps

Soltykewych, Roman

UCAMA presentations collection

  • CA BMUFA 0272
  • Collection
  • 1901-1992

This collection includes speeches, addresses, and public presentations, predominantly unpublished, by various community leaders. The collection contains materials of many leaders and members of women's organizations.

Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta