Folklore Expeditions 2020
New worlds to see — New ways to see the world
From the Mountain of Idols to the honey bee rituals of Kazakhstan — you can be part of the research team
What do modern urban legends have to say about ancient sacred sites? How did shamanism survive the Socialist era? What do rain-making rituals have to do with social commentary? Where do you go to find out?
WE CAN TAKE YOU THERE.
Our expedition volunteers record, film and photograph folklore traditions and the people who are the tradition-bearers. They work under the direction of expert Russian folklorists who gladly share their knowledge. The field recordings end up in scholarly archives to be preserved for future generations.
IT CAN BE A LITTLE ROUGH
No luxury hotel, no swimming pool, no fancy restaurant.
BUT THERE ARE COMPENSATIONS
Great home-made hospitality. Spectacular scenery. Immersion in village life. And some improvements to your global vision.
Every summer, to bring the rain, the people of Shutilovo make effigies of “Stroma” and her daughter. The pair are laid out as for a funeral, and the villagers gather... Read More
Okunevo (population 265) looks like an ordinary Russian village on the banks of an ordinary Russian river. But along with the usual Orthodox chapel, Okunevo has a Babaji ashram. And... Read More
Building on earlier expeditions to the Uimon Valley, (see Stephanie Ollerton’s beautiful depiction of the 2019 expedition here ) this year’s team will collect oral histories, record local tales and... Read More