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Part 5: Graveyards

Description: CIUS conference audio (Part 5 of 16)

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Churchyards and graveyards. Renewal – examples of renewed cemeteries. They often have interesting historical information reproduced (terminology, cross shape).
Physical decay. Wooden crosses are endangered.
Renewal and loss. When things are restored and destroy the old original, English inscriptions over Ukrainian originals, for example. Mistranslations – loss of meaning.
Continuity. An interesting example. Examples of preservation and enhancement.
Some grave markers give information on immigration history. Interesting information on last names.
Cement casts may be the next to go after wooden markers. They are painted white with texts in black – but they have to be repainted. Some who repaint do not know Ukrainian and garble the text.
Who were the craftsmen who made crosses and markers?
The kinds of crosses used tell their own story, markers of Bukovinians and Galicians, Catholics and Orthodox.

[Further to John Sokolowski’s presentation and Ostap Skrypnyk’s comments about churches along the Yellowhead Highway please see attached video “For Harry”. It is a tribute to a maker of Ukrainian cemetery markers in Saskatchewan. In addition to the Ukrainian churches at Insinger, Saskatchewan the clip includes images of the St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox church at Gardenton and the St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox church currently located at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.

-- Peter Melnycky]

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Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: January 26, 2008
Contributor: John Sokolowski
Language: English
Original Format: Digital audio recording





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