Partnership for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Folklore

(Formerly American Friends of Russian Folklore)


Ukrainian Folklore Class! Online June 9 – July 2

Explore the riches of Ukrainian folklore through videos, recordings, and lectures from a distinguished Ukrainian folklorist. Details and registration here.

Russian Folklore in Kazakhstan!

The current US/Russia climate has forced us to cancel our folklore expeditions in Russia, but we are excited to sponsor an expedition to Kazakhstan! Our volunteers will assist Dr. Alevtina Tsvetkova (Pavlodar State University, KZ) to collect folklore in a Russian-speaking region located in the spectacular Burktarma River valley of East Kazakhstan.

Our contacts in Kazakhstan assure us the mood is peaceful, life is normal, and visitors are welcome. (US citizens don’t even need a visa!) Check out the details at Refuge in a Land of Honey — and get in touch!

May 30, 2022

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 improvement to your global vision.

Here’s what our volunteers say…

The hospitality of people in the villages was amazing. C.O. 2019

I felt that my work made a real contribution. And I loved everyone we met in Verkh-Uimon. I’m dying to get back. All the babushki we interviewed were lovely. Our hostess was wonderful. She let us use the internet from the tractor outside the house. L.P. 2018

This trip was the best planned trip I have ever been on in Russia. It was amazing how smoothly it all went. The best part was being allowed to interview one of the villagers on topics of interest to me. The worst part was having to say goodbye to everyone on our last day. It was wonderful how many people came to see us off.
M.M. 2019

Interviewing trumps all; it was fantastic hearing women recount their stories. And swimming in the Dvina for a break was very nice. S.K. 2013