Partnership for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Folklore

Formerly American Friends of Russian Folklore


All 2021 Expeditions Cancelled

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all folklore expeditions for 2021 are cancelled.

We continue to monitor the situations in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, and expect to sponsor new expeditions and study trips starting summer 2022.

Join our online Russian Folklore Class!

Russian Traditional Culture (Genesis, Dynamic, Modernity)

Traditional songs, stories, superstitions, rituals — they aren’t just beautiful or strange. There are reasons for them, functions that they carry out in society, including modern society. Join Dr. Yelena Minyonok as she shares from her vast collection of recorded folklore, and then lifts the curtain to show what is going on in the life of the community and the hearts of participants as they sing, dance, play, lament, speak, listen, and create in traditional forms.

Live, illustrated lectures offered online July 12 – July 23

7 PM Moscow time. $45.

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE


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