Some Expeditions Cancelled due to Coronavirus
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all expeditions for June and July are cancelled. We are still accepting applications for our three expeditions in August, but will re-assess each expedition 90 days before its starting date.
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.
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
Join University of Chelyabinsk professor Tatiana Savelieva and her undergraduate folklore students on their “field trip” to the north Urals where they will document the beliefs and stories that have... Read More
The north-east corner of Kazakhstan boasts stunning mountains, verdant valleys, and the majestic Bukhtarma river. The team’s home base will be in the village of Sennoe (pop. 315) where volunteers... Read More