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“Folklore Ukraine” is a new version of “Ukrainian Traditional Folklore”. Both websites seek to present the folklore and ethnography of Ukraine. Folklore is the artistic expression of the most fundamental beliefs of a culture. It articulates ideas about the relationships among people and between humans and the world around them. It is the key to understanding a culture at the grassroots level.

At present, the project focuses on Central Ukraine: Cherkas’ka, Chernihivs’ka, Poltavs’ka, and Kyiivs’ka oblasts and also more recent material from the Volyn’ region of Western Ukraine.

We also have other websites dealing with Ukrainian Folklore. There are websites with interviews recorded in Ukraine, Canada, and Kazakhstan. These are indexed and are searchable by keyword:

Ukrainian Sound Files
Canadian Sound Files
Kazakhstan Sound Files

We also have a “crowd sourcing” site, funded by the Canadian Government, which has stories and songs from these sound recordings. The public is transcribing and translating these songs and stories and we invite YOU to contribute.

Ukrainian Folklore Audio Project

Finally, for the moment, we have two sites for Elementary Education. One is for the Ukrainian Bilingual Program which is entirely in elementary Ukrainian:

Українське Двомовне Навчання

The other, funded by a new grant from the Canadian Government, is for Grade 3 Social Studies. Every Grade 3 child in Alberta has to learn about: India, Peru, Tunisia, and Ukraine:

UkraineAlive

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions: Natalie Kononenko, Kule Chair in Ukrainian Ethnography, University of Alberta. email nataliek@ualberta.ca