Team II, June 4-16, 2002
Before beginning the fieldwork with volunteers we plan to conduct an expedition in the research area. We have a list of performers presently, whose rich folklore repertories we plan to video record and audio record. Since all these people are of advanced ages, we cannot count on their participation from year to year. That is why some villages on our itineraries may be substituted for others. The area will always be the same.
The work of a team will be mostly focused on 2
1) Russian traditional costume of Roslavl
area (Smolensk province). Volunteers and staff members will work
at the local ethnographical museum in Roslavl with a collection of traditional
Russian costumes. (400 samples).
2) The ritual of "Funeral of an Arrow"
(celebrated on Ascension Day), June 13.
This ritual is rooted in the ancient Indo-European
notion about sacrificement of the God for the future harvest and life. Women
from different villages gather together, sing special songs and bury in the
field a piece of bread. The singing quires change each other making competition
in their singing skills. All women are dressed in the traditional costumes. The
holiday presents a bright colorful performance.
The itinerary is provided at the bottom of this page.
The staging area is Moscow. Volunteers will
rendezvous in Moscow:
June, 4, 2002 (Tuesday)
at the Electronic Arrivals Information Desk at
Sheremetievo-2 Moscow airport at 3 p. m.
Commercial stores will be available to volunteers
before they go into the field, and at "Sheremetjevo-2" Moscow Airport.
We always find time for volunteers to exchange money and shop for necessities
before we leave for the field. After arrival we will transfer you to a simple
hostel where you will spend your first night.
Next day we will all depart for our study area by
train or bus. Please expect your travel day to be quite exhausting as there will
be a long bus trip (7-8 hours) to the village followed by the sometimes
difficult process of finalizing our accommodation. We always allow plenty of
time for recuperation on the following morning.
In case of early arrival, volunteers should contact
Yelena and Sergey Minyonok at: Moscow (095) 952-6583. Volunteers who arrive
early are responsible for their own food and accommodations.
Volunteers should plan their departures from
Sheremetievo-2, Moscow Airport:
June, 16, 2002 (Tuesday)
We will be back in Moscow for one night before the
set departure days. Volunteers will spend that night in Moscow, in a small
hostel, departing the next day. Please do not plan your departure earlier than
10:00 a. m., Moscow time. Taxis at night in Moscow are very expensive and the
Principal Investigators would be unable to accompany the volunteers because of
the transportation problems. On the morning of departure, a single bus will be
arranged to take the team to the airport, in time to catch the earliest flight.
We can always help with alternative transport arrangements but these must be at
your own expense.
The Principal Investigators are not a tourist
agency, but if time is available, they will be happy to help you plan a longer
stay in Moscow. Volunteers who decide to stay later are responsible for their
own food and accommodations.
Please pay close attention to the dates in your visa. Usually our invitation includes one week before the project starts and one more week after it ends. If you would like to stay longer please contact our staff members: vsem@cityline
June 4 - arrival in Moscow, hostel,
June 5 -6 - working with the collection of folk
costumes from Oka river (Tula and Oriol provinces) at the Center of Traditional
June 7 - departure from Moscow for Roslavl (Smolensk
province), 390 km from Moscow.
June 8-10 - working with the collection of
folk costumes from Roslavl area.
June 11 - departure from Roslavl and arrival to
Katichi (Novozybkov district, Briansk province)
June 12 - field work in Katichi village
June 13 - Ascension Day, the ritual "Funeral
of an Arrow"
June 14 - field work in Katichi village
June 15 - departure to Moscow
June 16 - departure from Moscow