Promoting American understanding of Russian folklore and traditional Russian life and culture.
Hospitality at a village school in Bryansk province.
What They Shared With Us: Folklore in Russian and American Classrooms
What happens when you send America teachers to Russian villages to talk about folklore?
As we enter the closing months of the Russian/American Educators' Exchange, we can tell you this:
Hundreds of rural Russian schoolchildren have seen Texas bluebells, played Appalachian dulcimer, heard about Johnny Appleseed, tasted alligator jerky, tried their hand at Lakota-style picture calendars, sung "Wade In the Water," met all the instruments in a bluegrass band, seen what happens during Spirit Week in an American high school, or glimpsed the pageantry, music and dance honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, midwest-style.
Dozens of educators, both Russian and American, have established solid personal and professional connections.
We've established a growing collection of lesson plans, presentations and curriculum materials which incorporate Russian folklore into American school lessons in reading, writing, history, social studies, music and art.
You'll find these curriculum materials on our American Classrooms page. Anyone is welcome to use them, in classroom or out. Read different versions of familiar folk tales, learn a legend of buried treasure, explore a Cossack village, compare different ways of commemorating the dead, examine traditional clothing and foodways. We're happy to share these lessons with you, and are deeply grateful to all the Russian educators, hosts, singers, story-tellers, musicians and craftspeople who so generously shared their lives and lore with our American teachers.
American Friends of Russian Folklore is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation and a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax I.D. No. 26-0294873.