Uyskiy district, Chelyabinsk region July 16-24, 2022

Just beyond the Urals

village folklore at the edge of Asia

Join a small group of first-year folklore students from Chelyabinsk University (Miass campus) as they return to a cluster of small villages in the Ural foothills, just barely part of Asia. Around here a village could have a few thousand people, or a few hundred, but there is always a village folklore ensemble. You’ll record traditional lyric songs and snappy improvised ditties, perhaps learn a few dance steps, and interview residents on the local holiday customs, all in a big-sky world of steppe, forest, rivers and lakes.

Accomodations range from student housing in Miass (available both before and after the expedition) to a shared room in an ordinary village house, (with electricity and indoor plumbing, plus a Russian bath house nearby.) All team members are expected to help with the cooking and washing up. The Russian college students on the team are likely to range from 18-20 years old, having just finished their first year at university. For most this will be their first experience collecting folklore in the field.

Arrive & Depart through:
Chelyabinsk, Omsk province, Russia

landscape of steppe, forest and low mountains in the background
Just east of the Urals, forest meets steppe meets sky near the village of Larino.

Please note: dates and fees are approximate at this time.

About This Expedition

  • Dates:

    July 16, 2022 to July 24, 2022

  • Location:

    Uyskiy district, Chelyabinsk region

  • Expedition Languages:

    Russian, English

  • Projected Fee:

    $500 - $1000 (depending on number of volunteers)

  • Apply By:

    May 17, 2022

Meet The Team

  • head shot of Dr. Savelieva

    Dr. Tatiana Savelieva

    Associate Professor, Department of Philology. Chelyabinsk State University, Miass branch

    Special interests: neo-mythology, mechanisms of mythologization and sacralization of space. Dr. Savelieva has led folklore students into the field on a “folklore praticum” every summer for the last 10 years.