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Team VI, August  2-11, 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 basic programs: 

1) Russian traditional folk songs.

2) Traditional mythological stories about spirits of nature and house. 

The itinerary is provided at the bottom of this page.

Rendezvous information

The staging area is Moscow. Volunteers will rendezvous in Moscow:

August, 2, 2002 (Friday)

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:

August, 11, 2002 (Sunday)

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


August 2  - arrival in Moscow, hostel, registration.

August 3 - departure from Moscow for Komarichi village (Briansk province), 410 km from Moscow. .

August 4-9 - field work in Komarichi village

August 10 - departure to Moscow

August 11 - departure from Moscow   



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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