Interview with John Woronuk 1.2

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Interview with John Woronuk 1.2


ritual foods


1928: farm at Rycroft; Edmonton (40s), United States







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Chernevych, Andriy


Woronuk, John

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5.4 Interview with John Woronuk 1.2 2004-091-0643 31:25 U2 Local Cultures clothing chores foodways biographies ritual foods Woronuk, John Chernevych, Andriy mp3 2004-091-0643.mp3 0 Other audio English 0 Places when John lived and his work First 17-18 years he spent in Rycroft area, then 1 year in Edmonton to complete high school, then he moved to California to study at Stanford, then moved to Seattle to study at U of Washington, then 4 years of training in Oregon, then Ohio. He practiced 21 years in Alberta then used to teach at U of Alberta. Initially he wanted to be a farmer, but then realized that he wants to study medicine. His brother insisted that John has to be a dentist and convinced John to study dentistry. He did a general practice in dentistry, then became a licensed anesthetist. Later he became fascinated with rehabilitating dentistry, and did this around 25 years of his practice. His work at U of Alberta was teaching and research in technology development. He developed students and academic exchange program with Dresden, Germany. He dreamed to develop the same exchange program with Ukraine. Although he does not have any nationalistic feelings and considers himself more Canadian than Ukrainian, he wants Ukraine to have an advantage from collaboration with North American researchers. John did some first steps to establish such collaboration before he retired. He wants to go to Ukraine and find the records about his parents in the Greek-Catholic church but now he is asking whether he can do this through the Internet. (No - the interviewer answers). John would also like to attend some universities in Ukraine that have dental faculties and study the opportunity for exchange programs. (Interviewer suggests Chernivtsi medical school and they discuss details about the city and the school as well as geography of Ukraine). 1044 Material culture Most products were raised on the farm, except for cereal (it was bought). The typical meal for breakfast was cereals, homemade bread (only white, it was an indicator of wealth), toast, milk (later coffee). For Christmas Eve they always had a roasted goose (never turkey), kolach, fruits. Local fruits were for canning but fruits for Christmas were bought. They bought in a store just several products, as little as possible - cereals, flour, peanuts and other nuts for Christmas or Easter, sometimes cookies, canned sardines... the rest was raised in their large garden. They had a lot of different domestic birds, cows for milk purposes and pigs for meat. They also had horses, dogs and cats. Clothing at that time - the most inexpensive clothings that they purchased via Eaton's and Simpson's. As John was the youngest among brothers, he almost never had new clothing. A white shirt and a suit was an obligatory part of clothing for public events. His mother did not make clothing but she repaired it via Singer sewing machine. Chores - because he had older brothers, he did not have any major responsibilities. He helped others when he saw the need or was asked. In the fall, he helped in the gardening. When they had purchased a tractor and other machines, he was not interested in them, in contrast to his older brothers. When he was 6-7 years old, he took and watched the cattle along the road where the grass was best. At that time, each child was an asset in a household. Everyone worked for the family. It's not like that today. 1928: farm at Rycroft ; Edmonton (40s), United States No transcript. audio 0



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