Partnership for Russian, Eurasian and East European Folklore

Formerly American Friends of Russian Folklore


All 2020 Expeditions Cancelled

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all expeditions for the summer and fall of 2020 are cancelled.

We continue to monitor the situations in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, and expect to sponsor new expeditions as soon as conditions permit.

For now, we’re going through our folklore archives to select our favorite songs, music, dances, crafts, cooking, stories and folk theater and present them where all can enjoy. Stay tuned!


Why Collect Folklore?

You’ ll learn things you never knew you never knew.

What kinds of mischief are witches accused of ? If people have Youtube do they stop singing their old songs? What kinds of urban legends do Russians tell? Are young people interested in old rituals? How do you make vodka from birch sap? 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 local 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.

Upcoming Expeditions

No upcoming expeditions currently scheduled. These snapshots of our past expeditions give you a taste of what we do.

Folklore Archive