Itkutsk province, Russia July 2009

Folklore of Siberian Villages – 2008

American Friends of Russian Folklore was pleased to be the lead organization for the 2008 “Folklore of Siberian Villages” Russian folklore expedition.

This expedition was to the villages of Batama and Basalayevka, in Zima District, Siberia. The principal investigator was Dr. Yelena Minyonok. The materials gathered during this expedition will be stored in the archives of the Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences.

About This Expedition

  • Dates:

    June 25, 2008 to July 14, 2008

  • Location:

    Batama, Basalaievka, Zima district, Itkutsk province, Russia

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Meet The Team

  • head shot Yelena Minyonok

    Dr. Yelena Minyonok

    Major Researcher and Chief Curator of the Folklore Archive
    Gorky Institute of World Literature, Moscow

    Lena Minyonok is a philologist, folklorist, and Principal Investigator of the American Friends of Russian Folklore. Dr. Minyonok graduated from the Philological Department of the Moscow State University, where she received her M.A. degree from in 1988. Her postgraduate studies were at the Gorky Institute of World Literature (Russian Academy of Sciences, 1988-1991). She received her Ph.D. in Folklore (Moscow, 1998) and now serves as Chief Curator of the Folklore Archive and Major Researcher in the Folklore Division of the Gorky Institute. Dr. Minyonok has been a Principal Investigator for countless folklore expeditions and has published over 60 articles about Russian folklore traditions. Most recently, she has led expeditions for the American Friends of Russian Folklore (PREEEF’s former name) in conjunction with the Institute of World Literature at the Russian Academy of Sciences. She was a visiting professor at the University of Kentucky in 2007, as a Fulbright scholar.