A look into the lives of Ukrainian Canadians on the prairies and their expressions of identity through rituals and celebrations.
Written by one of the most amazing teachers I have ever not had. (She allowed me to sneak into her Slavic Folklore class at the U of A, since I could not figure out how to sign up to audit it *side eyeing you U of A, I would totally take more classes if the process was easier) Natalie Kononenko’s writings are always a wonderful read. I am so happy that I had the chance to meet her and “take” her class before she retired.
While Canada is home to one of the largest Ukrainian diasporas in the world, little is known about the life and culture of Ukrainians living in the country’s rural areas and their impact on Canadian traditions.
Drawing on more than ten years of interviews and fieldwork, Ukrainian Ritual on the Prairies describes the culture of Ukrainian Canadians living in the prairie provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Despite powerful pressure to assimilate, these Ukrainians have managed both to preserve their sense of themselves as Ukrainian and to develop a culture sensitive to the realities of prairie life, creating their own uniquely Ukrainian Canadian traditions. The Ukrainian church, an iconic though now rapidly disappearing feature of the prairie landscape, takes centre stage as an instrument for the retention of Ukrainian identity and the development of a new culture. Natalie Kononenko explores the cultural elements of Ukrainian Canadian ritual practice, with an emphasis on family traditions surrounding marriage, birth, death, and religious holidays.
Ukrainian Ritual on the Prairies gives voice to a group of everyday people who are too often overlooked, highlighting their accomplishments and their contributions to Canadian life.
First Edition – 336 Pages
79 photos, 2 maps, 2 tables, colour insert