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By Orest T. Martynowych

A quixotic determine, Vasile Avramenko (1895–1981) used folks tradition and sleek media in a life-long campaign to advertise Ukraine’s fight for independence to North American audiences. From his base in big apple urban, he outfitted a community of people dance colleges and produced musical spectacles to aid Ukrainian immigrants maintain their identification. His feature-length Ukrainian language movies made within the Thirties with Hollywood director Edgar G. Ulmer, the “king of ethnic and B movies,” have been proven all through North the United States. Orest T. Martynowych’s The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause is an engaging portrait of the way tradition can develop into a political device in an immigrant community.

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Joseph’s College in Yorkton had to be cancelled when one of the Christian Brothers who taught in the school forbade male students from having any physical contact with girls during dance classes. 48 For Avramenko, the winter of 1928 was an extremely hectic and stressful period. Although Kist now took care of the school’s administrative matters and handled all of Avramenko’s correspondence, including personal letters to family and friends, Avramenko still had more work than he could handle. For more than two months, he commuted between Edmonton and Saskatoon while occasionally visiting Pihuliak in Yorkton and Canora.

They seemed to live the rhythm of the music, and from the beginning to the end of the dances, never missed a beat. ”46 TABLE 1. Avramenko’s Fall 1927 Tour of the Prairie Provinces September 28 – Portage la Prairie MB 29 – Shoal Lake MB 30 – Russell MB October 1 – Rossburn MB 2 – Rossburn MB 4 – Donwell SK 5 – Calder SK 6 – Kamsack SK 7 – Roblin MB 8 – Sifton MB 10 – Ethelbert MB 11 – Pine River MB 12 – Swan River MB 13 – Norquay SK 14 – Goodeve SK 15 – Ituna SK 17 – Theodore SK 18 – Foam Lake SK 20 – Saskatoon SK 24 – Saskatoon SK 25 – Vonda SK 26 – Meacham SK 27 – Wakaw SK 28 – Tarnopol SK 29 – Cudworth SK 30 – Cudworth SK November 1 – Prince Albert SK 2 – Krydor SK 3 – Hafford SK 4 – Radisson SK 6 – Whitkow SK 7 – Lloydminster SK 8 – Vermilion AB 9 – Innisfree AB 10 – Vegreville AB 11 – Mundare AB 12 – Lamont AB 13 – Zawale AB 14 – Bruderheim AB 15 – Edmonton AB 19 – Redwater AB 20 – Egremont AB 21 – Bellis AB 22 – Radway Centre AB 23 – Smoky Lake AB 24 – Leduc AB 26 – Edmonton AB 29 – Calgary AB 30 – Moose Jaw SK 39 December 1 – Moose Jaw SK 2 – Melville SK 3 – Yorkton SK 5 – Canora SK THE SHOWMAN AND THE UKRAINIAN CAUSE On 6 December, Avramenko’s “Ukrainian Ballet” returned to Winnipeg.

Regular, punctual attendance and disciplined behaviour were mandatory. Gum-chewing, smoking, appearing at lessons in an inebriated state, wearing hats, using foul language, discussing politics, drinking cold beverages, challenging the instructor’s decisions, and talking during lessons were strictly prohibited. 15 Avramenko and his instructors usually taught their pupils ten to twelve dances from several regions of Ukraine, including those that had not sent immigrants to North America. 16 The purpose of this repertoire, as ethnographer Andriy Nahachewsky has argued, was to promote a select few dances as symbols of Ukrainian identity.

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