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The Cracow Center of
Ethnology of the
In addition to cultural studies, research covers geo-historic, social and economic aspects of society. Topics include the longevity of traditional elements in contemporary Carpathian folk culture, the influence of local cultural heritage on modern life, the loss of traditional elements, and questions related to identity and diversity of the folk culture in specific regions of the Polish Carpathians.
Casual dress (
Water transpotation (The Sacz Beskid), 1963. Photo A. Kowalska-Lewicka
Costumes of Sacz Beskid, 1977. Photo Z. Szromba-Rysowa
A number of monographs, reports,
doctoral and habilitation dissertations have originated in the Center. They
are devoted to such questions as diet, rituals of a modern village, folk
medicine, folk costume function and spiritual beliefs. The Center
participated in the Institute's project - a two-volume monograph entitled
"Etnografia Polski. Przemiany kultury ludowej" (1976, 1981) (
The Center was also a partook in a research project of the International Committee for Studies of Carpathian Folk Culture (temporarily including the Balkans), completing within it “Bibliografia Kultury Ludowej Karpat" (1960) (Bibliography of Carpathian Folk Culture), as well as other works. International collaboration resulted also in a monograph on folk architecture of the Carpathians and the Balkans.
Devil's mask (The Zywiec Beskid) 1985. Photo L. Grajny
The wedding company (Podhale), 1993.
Newly weds (Podhale), 1993.
During the early years of its
activities the Center was directed by Professor M. Gladysz. Intensive
research was conducted on the
The cabin of a harb gatherer (The Sacz Beskid),
Sheep pasture (Podhale), 1996.
Later the Center focused its interest on selected regions of the Polish Carpathians. The studies included village people's economic activities, architecture, diets, costumes, folk medicine, family and annual rituals. Monographs of regions were published in 1984, 1985, 1992, 2000.
The Center collaborates
with several research institutions in
Information prepared by doc. dr hab. Urszula Lehr