May 28, 2015 – UCPBA Dinner Meeting & Scholarship Night: Speaker Orysia Tracz – Folk Medicine & Ukrainian Traditions

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May 28, 2015 – UCPBA Dinner Meeting & Scholarship Night: Speaker Orysia Tracz – Folk Medicine & Ukrainian Traditions

May 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm UTC-6

UCPBA Dinner Meeting & Scholarship Night

Ukrainian Traditions and Folk Medicine:  Origins & Symbolism

Speaker:  Orysia Tracz

Danish Canadian Club, Valhalla Room
727 – 11th Avenue SW
Calgary AB

6:00  Cocktails
6:45   Dinner
7:15   Scholarship presentations
7:45  Speaker


$35     Adult Members/Senior Non-members
$45     Adult Non-Members
$30     Senior Members (over 65) and Students

How did humanity survive all these millennia without pharmaceuticals?   Mother Nature helped a lot. The use of natural plant-based medicines begins with the very first people on earth and continues today. All cultures still use teas, poultices, infusions, and other folk medicine practices. Whether you have a Ukrainian, Italian, Greek, or Chinese Baba, you will find a common thread in the basic health care that has brought humans to the present.  Join us for a tour through the world of folk medicine and its connection to folk tradition and symbolism with Orysia Tracz, the doyenne of all things Ukrainian and cultural.

Orysia Tracz is a Winnipeg-based writer, translator, consultant, and speaker.  Over the years, she has lectured across North America, Australia, and in Ukraine.  She has translated ten books from Ukrainian into English and has written numerous articles for Canadian and American publications.  Ms. Tracz’s column “The Things We Do” appears in The Ukrainian Weekly (Parsippany, NJ).

Ms. Tracz’ latest translation was the book Pinzel’s Mystery by Vera Stetsko for the Pinzel sculpture exhibition at the Louvre in Paris in 2012.  Recently she was the curator for the Manitoba travelling exhibit commemorating the 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birth. She is currently writing Winnipeg’s Rusalka Dance Ensemble’s 50th anniversary book.  She is also preparing publication of her first book “First Star I See Tonight”, a collection of her many articles on Ukrainian Christmas traditions.

Ms. Tracz leads an annual folk art and culture tour to Ukraine.  She is retired from the University of Manitoba Libraries.  Her interest in folk medicine began in her childhood, when her Ukrainian parents used various plant and other remedies first, before trying something from the pharmacy.

Please confirm your attendance to or by leaving a message at 403 670-5477 by 11 am Monday, May 20th, 2015.


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May 27, 2015
6:00 pm UTC-6
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