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Tatiana V. Zhigaltsova, Vasiliy N. Matonin, Ekaterina N. Egorova, Natalya N. Bedina

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Tatiana V. Zhigaltsova — PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Severnaya Dvina Emb. 17, 163002 Arkhangelsk, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5471-1540

E-mail: zhitava@gmail.com

Vasiliy N. Matonin — DSc in Culturology, Professor, Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Severnaya Dvina Emb. 17, 163002 Arkhangelsk, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0830-5533

E-mail: matoninv@yandex.ru

Ekaterina N. Egorova — PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Severnaya Dvina Emb. 17, 163002 Arkhangelsk, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8115-9344

E-mail: ruslit1611@yandex.ru
Natalya N. Bedina — DSc of Culturology, Associate Professor, Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Severnaya Dvina Emb. 17, 163002 Arkhangelsk, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1613-4164

E-mail: bedina-nat@yandex.ru


Theory and history of culture




Vol. 70


pp. 109–126


May 27, 2023

Approved after reviewing

October 31, 2023

Date of publication

December 25, 2023



Index UDK

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Index BBK

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The paper delivers a comprehensive historical and ethnographic study of the natural and architectural landscape of the village of Kushereka, Onega District (Uyezd) of the Arkhangelsk Province. Back in the early 20th century, in the church community this village was known as “the center of the Schism”. The authors look into a system of landscape and architectural materials and narrative texts that preserve and convey collective (regional) historical memory. The field research conducted in 1996–1999 and 2019–2020 revealed the transformation of historical memory from the period of the village’s thriving to its current state. The key events in the historical experiences of the local residents were recorded and interpreted through the lens of universal folklore motives. The laws of creation and transmission of historical memory are revealed in the texts (speech), in the architecture, in everyday practices. The architectural history of the village and its layout, reconstructed based on archival data, are also regarded as a source of historical memory. The specific features of speech in the descriptions of the churches testify to the same value and semantic coordinates of culture as the oral tradition. The study carries methodological value for revealing “the idea of place” of local territories, as well as practical significance for the reconstruction of sociocultural and architectural landscapes of an abandoned Pomor settlement.


Collective Memory, Wooden Architecture, Onega Pomorye, Kushereka, Old Belief.


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