"Lemkivshchyna thru the
Creative Works of
This book deals with the history, culture and industry of the Ukrainian ethnic region of "Lemkivshchyna" in Poland. The idea for this book came to my father after he completed his woodblocks (33 Prints) about the people of his ancestry - Ukrainian Lemkos. He originally named this work "Lemko Iconostasis", but as he exhibited it in various places, he came to the conclusion that it would be a good idea to describe each individual print, because many viewers asked for an explanation of the contents of prints. The brother of my father, Semen who is known as a writer - especially among the Lemkos volunteered to do just that. The book was published in the Ukrainian language in L'viv, Ukraine in 1993. The preparer of the book was a noted Lemko-Ukrainian historian and etnographer Prof. Ivan Krasovskiy. He also wrote the forward to the book. Following the publication of the book in Ukrainian, I suggested and volunteered to place it on the Internet. As this became reality we received many request from English speaking Americans of Lemko descent (some fifth generation Americans) to translate this book into the English language. It took some time before we located qualified translators not only familiar with the English and Ukrainian languages but also with the Ukrainian Lemko dialect.
Jon W. Madzelan
Click here to learn more about Vasyl and Semen Madzelan
The complete sets of woodblock prints about Lemkivshchyna are exhibited in the Lemko Scansen Museum in Zyndranowa, near Sanok, Poland and in Lviv's Taras Shevchenko Hay (Grove) Lemko Scansen Museum, Ukraine. They have been exhibited in various locations of the Polish Carpathian Region on the occasion of Lemko-Ukrainian ethnic festivities. Also, they have been exhibited in West Sacramento, CA Turner Library. Some are in private homes in such states as PA, NY, VA, OH, LA, OK, MD, and CA.
Presented on these pages are:
1: a Ukrainian language version.
This was accomplished by Walter Maksimovich
2: an English language version. Walter and Tania Maksimovich have translated the book and offered additional footnotes for this, the second (Internet) Edition.
Vasyl Madzelan's wood block prints can be viewed in near original size by visiting the main site.
Book Index (по українські)
Book Index Page for the English translation
Літературна творчіст Семана Мадзеляна
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