Promoting American understanding of Russian folklore and traditional Russian life and culture.
In Shadows - photo by Chasi Annexy
Russian folklore is a lovely thing in itself,
filled with marvelous sounds, words, colors, rituals --but we think it has a
broader role to play on the world stage.
Even though the cold war is officially over, all
those decades of confrontation left Russians and Americans in a state of mutual
ignorance, full of distrust towards each other. To move to a better relationship,
we need to understand each other. And what better way to understand a people
than to understand what lies at the very roots of their culture?
We areAmerican Friends of Russian Folklore, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation and a 501(c)(3) organization. AFRF’s mission is to support and
promote American understanding of Russian traditional life and culture. To this
end, AFRF supports a wide range of projects: field research, recordings, film
making, archiving, and analysis of Russian folklore and oral histories. We also
support educational and cultural presentations at universities, conferences,
We invite you to join us however you can --whether it be signing up for an expedition, making a donation, or just telling people about us. Every contribution
supports scholarly research, documents vanishing folkways, and promotes world
understanding. We think that’s quite a deal.