Olexa Dovbush:  Ukraine’s Hutzul Robin Hood
2007

Date: July 23-27, 2007
Inspiration:   the legend of Olexa Dovbush, a young disabled boy living in the Carpathian Mountains, who grew up to be a leader of the Opryshky – a band of brothers who took from the rich and gave to the poor
Highlights:  playing the wooden Hutzul ‘trembita’ (an alpine wooden horn), writing a reverse glass icon of St. Nicholas, dancing the traditional ‘Arkan’ mountain dance, painting paper Hutzul vests, competing to make the fastest woolen pompoms for custom ‘kiptarky’ (woolen vests), dancing on elbows and singing Hutzul mountain songs in three part harmony.

Held from July 23-27, 2007 in Ottawa, Canada, “Olexa Dovbush:  Ukraine’s Hutzul Robin Hood” was inspired by a young boy’s dream.  The legend of Olexa Dovbush, a young disabled boy living in the Carpathian Mountains, who grew up to be a leader of the Opryshky – a band of brothers who took from the rich and gave to the poor.

In 2007, Pokrova Camp reached into the traditions of the Hutzul people who lived and continue to live in the Carpathian mountains in south eastern Ukraine.  Traditional Hutzul culture is often represented by the colorful and intricate craftsmanship of their clothing, sculpture, architecture, woodworking, metalworking (especially in brass), rug weaving, pottery, and egg decorating (pysanky).  From making unique Hutzul vests with decorations, painting paper kiptaryky (vests), singing songs about Hutzul culture, creating detailed reverse glass paintings of St. Nicholas, playing a traditional instruments like a ‘trembita’ (an alpine wooden horn used as a signaling device by mountain dwellers to announce weddings, deaths, births) and ‘tsymbaly’ (a hammer dulcimer made of a trapezoidal box with steel or bronze metal strings strung across it and play by striking two beaters against the strings) and dancing the traditional Arkan, the magic of the Hutzul culture came alive at Pokrova.

30 children from North America & Europe played, painted, kneaded, strummed, drew, wove, sang and danced to celebrate the adventure and life of Olexa Dovbush, Ukraine’s Hutzul Robin Hood.

Pokrova Camp’s Honourary Patron was the Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, Ihor Ostash.

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