The next available expeditions are scheduled for

Team I :  May 20-31, 2002

Team II :  June 4-16, 2002

Team III: June 19-30, 2002

Team IV: July 4-16, 2002

Team V: July 19-30, 2002

Team VI: August 2-11, 2002 New!!!

Team VII :  January 5-15, 2003 New!!! WELCOME! CONTACT US:


   The materials acquired during our fieldwork will be kept in the Folklore Archive of the Institute of World Literature (Russian Academy of Sciences). They will be transcribed, systematized, catalogued and computerized. Information about them will be available for researchers of folk culture such as folklorists, ethnographers, ethnomusicologists, dialectologists, folk art critics, sociologists, ethnopsychologists and historians.

At present we note with sorrow the lack of knowledge of folklore culture among many our contemporaries. All kinds of stylization, numerous tasteless amateur troupes' activities arouse the stable irritation which is spread automatically on the idea of folklore. The unpopularity of folklore can be explained also by the lack of deep, interesting broadcasts and telecasts in Russian Radio and TV.

We make disks on the basis of field audio records, and publish richly illustrated folklore collections on the basis of field photographs, notes and records.

We publish our results in the professional folklore and ethnographic journals including: “Etnograficheskii vestnik” (The Ethnographical News), “Zhivaia starina” (The Living Old-Times); in the periodical professional edition “Russkii folklor” (The Russian Folklore); in popular scientific journals: “Rodina”, (The Motherland), “Narodnoie tvorchestvo” (The People's Art).

The financial support for our project will allow us to continue work in our academic sphere, to buy necessary equipment and to plan further investigations. At the same time, we understood how strongly we are pressed by time. All our excellent folk singers and narrators are 60, 70 and 80-years old.


"Snopot"- documentary film, (1998) Betacam / VHS - 20 min. PAL / NTSC system. (With English subtitles).

“Snopot” a documentary film directed by Sergey Minyonok (20 min.). This film is about a local holiday which is celebrated in the village of Snopot (Brianskaya province, Rognedinskii district), in the south-western part of Russia. Every year on July 21 villagers gather together and hold services near three places: a) the holy well, b) the site where the church formerly stood, and c) the Desna-river. Everyone carries icons covered with embroidered ritual towels. From the holy well to the river people move very slowly. One by one everybody passes under the icons and under the towels for good health. The whole ceremony is filled with various pagan relics. People believe that if you take the water from any place you like it will be holy water. According to local belief it is very important to swim in the river during this day. Villagers tell us that this will cleanse their sins which they accumulated during the whole year.

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Collection of CD-disks with Russian folklore songs recorded in  different districts. For orders, please, contact





University of Virginia Slavic Languages & Literatures Dept.Dr. Natalie Kononenko

University of Wisconsin
Dr. James Bailey

University of Colorado at Boulder Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Lits Dr. Laura J. Olson 

Slavic and East European Folklore Association (SEEFA)

University of Kentucky Russian and Eastern Studies and Linguistics Dr.J.Rouhier-Willoughby

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