Folklore Alumni

We are proud of our graduates and their accomplishments. You can the Ukrainian Folklore Program alumni and the topic of their research listed by the graduation year below.

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2016

Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn, MA, "Stitched Narratives: The Ukrainian Canadian Embroidered Pillow"

Jiaying You, PhD, "Creative Factors and Ethnic-folk Dance: A Case Study of the Peacock Dance in China (1949-2013)"

Nataliya Bezborodova, MA, "Maidan on Facebook"

Kateryna Kod, MA, "Ethnocultural Identity and Edmonton Painters Recently from Ukraine"

2014

Huseyin Oylupinar, PhD, "Remaking Terra Cossacorum: Kozak Revival and Kozak Collective Identity in Independent Ukraine"

2013

Paul Olijnyk, MA, "Hutsul Dance Steps"

Ludmila Nazarova, MA, "Folklore Elements of Personal Experience: The Art and Narrative of Mary Hansen"

Myroslava Uniat, MA, "Contemporary Ukrainian Political Folklore as Social Phenomena"

Maryna Chernyavska, MA, "Contemporary Ukrainian Home Birth Customs"

2012

Viktoria Shevchenko, MA, "Ukrainian Ballads"

2011

Mariya Lesiv, PhD, "Modern Paganism Between East and West: Construction of an Alternative National Identity in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Diaspora"

2010

Jennifer Boivin, MA, "From the Community to the World: Ukrainian Dance in Montreal"

Svitlana Kukharenko, PhD, "Abnormal Death Memorials in Ukraine: The Folkloristic Perspective"

2009

Maureen Stefaniuk, MA, "My Grandmother's House as a Hybrid Between Traditional and Modern Dwellings"

2008

Vincent Rees, MA, "Bereznianka: A Transcarpathian Folk Dance"

2007

Greg Borowetz, MA, "Ukrainian Folklore in 'Kaliendar Kanadiis'koho Farmera'"

2006

Svitlana Kukharenko, MA, "Magic in Contemporary Weddings: A Comparison of Ukrainian and Canadian-Ukrainian Beliefs and Practices"

Katherine Bily, MA, "Memories and Sentiments of the Plain Lake Church Community"

Roman Shyian, PhD, "Cossack Motifs in Ukrainian Folk Legends"

2005

Mariya Lesiv, MA, "Pysanka: the Ukrainian Easter Egg in Canada"

Monica Jensen, PhD, "Personal Narratives and Ritual Observance"

Sogu Hong, PhD, "Ukrainian Canadian Weddings as Expressions of Ethnic Identity: Contemporary Edmonton Traditions"

2004

Vita Holoborodko, MA, "Custodians of Ukrainian Heritage: Three Ukrainian Museums in Edmonton"

2003

Nadya Foty, MA, "Ukrainian Mock Weddings in Saskatchewan"

2002

Anna Kuranicheva, MA, "Art and Ethnicity: The Expression of Ukrainian Identity Through Art Objects Displayed in the Home"

Andriy Chernevych, MA, "Malanka Through the Back Door: Ukrainian New Year's Eve celebration in East Central Alberta"

Phyllis Basaraba, MA, "Koliadky and Shchedrivky of Bukovyna: Ukrainian Winter Cycle Songs"

2001

Natalia Khanenko-Friesen (nee Shostak), PhD, "Local Ukrainianness in Transnational Context: An Ethnographic Study of a Prairie Ethnic Community"

1999

Jason Golinowski, MA, "Gold, Silver, Bronze: Reflections on a Ukrainian Dance Competition"

Brian Cherwick, PhD, "Polkas on the Prairies: Ukrainian Music and the Construction of Identity"

1998

Sogu Hong, MA, "Mykola Kostomarov and Ukrainian Folklore"

1997

Viktoria Lohvyn, PhD, "Ukrainian Customary Law: An Attempt at Analyzing Some Aspects of Women's Rights"

Volodymyr Boychuk, MA, "Vivady: Wedding Songs of Ukrainians from Bosnia"

1996

Raina Iotova, MA, "A Study on Similarieits and Differences Between Bulgarian and Ukrainian Everyday-life Folk Song Motifs (Lyrics)"

Olena Plohii, MA, "Ukrainian Christmas in Canada: Food Tradition"

1994

Natalia Shostak, MA, "Domestication of Space: Symbolic Aspects of the Traditional Peasant Home in Northern Boryspil' Region (The Beginning of the 20th Century)"

1992

Anne Mary Sochan, MA, "Continuity and Change: An Inter-Generational Examination of Ukrainian Christmas Observations in East Central Alberta"

Brian Cherwick, MA, "The Ukrainian Tsymbaly: Hammered Dulcimer Playing Among Ukrainians in Alberta"

1991

Andriy Nahachewsky, PhD, "The Kolomyika: Change and Diversity in Canadian Ukrainian Folk Dance"

1990

Rena Hanchuk, MA, "The Word and Wax: Folk Psychology and Ukrainians in Alberta"

1989

Valentyn Moroz, MA, "The Ukrainian Hurdy-Gurdy: Questions of its Traits and Origin"

1985

Andriy Nahachewsky, MA, "First Existence Folk Dance Forms Among Ukrainians in Smoky Lake, Alberta and Swan Plain, Saskatchewan"

Mark Bandera, MA, "The Tsymbaly Maker and His Craft: A Dynamic Musical Tradition in East Central Alberta"

1982

Demjan Hohol', MA, "Folkloric Elements in Anatol' Svydnyc'kyj's 'Ljuborac'ki'"

1981

Yarema Kowalchuk, MA, "The Emigrant Verses of Hryhorij Olijnyk: An Analysis"

1967

Wasyl Niniowsky, MA, "The Poetic Forms and Mythological Elements in the Ukrainian-Hutsulian Carols – Koliadky and Shchedrivky"

1963

George Foty, MA, "A Survey of the Mythology of Kievan Rus' and its Survivals in the Folklore of the Eastern Slavs"