Collection 0080 - Zemlya/Nanaskomun collection

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Zemlya/Nanaskomun collection

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Zemlya/Nanaskomun: A Ceremonial Exchange of Gifts

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CA BMUFA 0080

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  • 23 September 2012 (Creation)
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    Kostash, Myrna
  • 23 September 2012 (Creation)
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    Nahachewsky, Andriy
  • 23 September 2012 (Creation)
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    Pawluk, Lynnien

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1 textual file (3 pages)
17 images

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(born 1959)

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Andriy Nahachewsky is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. He holds a B.A. in Ukrainian Studies (University of Saskatchewan, 1979), a B.F.A. in Dance (York University, 1985), M.A. and Ph.D. in Ukrainian Folklore (University of Alberta, 1985 and 1991, supervised by Bohdan Medwidsky). He has an extensive background in Ukrainian dance, as a performer, instructor, choreographer, workshop leader, critic, adjudicator, and authour. He has taught a wide variety of courses at the university level in many aspects of Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian traditional culture. His research interests and publications deal with Ukrainian dance, Ukrainian Canadian identity, material culture, ethnic representation, and dance theory. He has conducted fieldwork in Canada, the U.S.A., Brazil, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, and other countries. His most recent book is Ukrainian Dance: A Cross-Cultural Approach (McFarland Press, 2012).

Andriy served as the Director of the Peter and Doris Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore and Curator of the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives since their inception and until summer of 2016. Dr. Nahachewsky retired in the summer of 2018, but continues his research and actively participates in the international dance research community.

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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 Cree peoples. A collections consists of photographs of the event, and an article about the event by Myrna Kostash in the albertaviews. Andriy Nahachewsky and Lynnien Pawluk participated in the event. Andriy shared a story of his grandfather. Lynnien shared gifts with a representative of the Aboriginal community. See the article for detailed description of the event.

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UF2012.44

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