Author hunts Ukrainian stories

From the Edmonton Sun:

Alberta is a rich bastion of Ukrainian heritage, full of stories that Danny Evanishen says need preserving.

But he’s worried those memories are fading.

In fact, he guesses that there may be nobody left in the entire region who saw firsthand the development of the West by Ukrainian immigrants, some coming as late as the 1930s.

“If they came in 1930, and they were 20 years old at the time, how old does that make them now? 90?” said Evanishen, who lives in Summerland, B.C.

He’s spent nearly 20 years collecting stories directly from pioneers.

Evanishen is now looking to add more volumes to more than a dozen books he’s penned retelling tales and fables of the Ukrainian immigrant culture. He wants to hear stories that have been passed down through the generations.

You can find the rest of his Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Canadian books here.

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