Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Ukraine As A Showcase

Returning again to the Ottawa Welcomes The World embassy series, today we have the Ukraine. These events, taking place in the Horticulture Building, have been educational.


A series of panels were set up documenting the experience of immigration from Ukraine into Canada.


Crafts, clothing, art, and food were all part of the occasion.


There were several people wearing VR goggles. What were they doing? Walking around in the ruins of the homes and buildings near Chernobyl- this computer program allowed an up close virtual reality look at the site of the disaster.


On stage, several people were gathered around a table while I was here, with a camera documenting what they were up to. These were sand artists. I'll be back here tomorrow with a look at Bulgaria.

33 comments:

  1. What an interesting exhibit! I don't know a lot about Ukraine, other than the country has suffered a great deal down through the years and the people suffered a great deal during WWII when the Ukraine was part of the USSR. VR glasses are new to me, too, but sound like an excellent way to actually get into an historical event. Thanks for your comment on Ocala!

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  2. Your blog also teaches us about the world. Very interesting read.

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  3. An interesting exhibit to learn about Ukraine and what they went through. I like to look at their handcrafts.

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  4. Hello, looks like an interesting exhibit on the Ukraine. I am sure the immigrants were much happier in Canada. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week!

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  5. ...we have a large Ukrainian population here in Rochester, NY.

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  6. The diversity of immigrants in a new country is what makes makes the world a much more interesting place and gives us an appreciation of other cultures. Tres interesting series William.

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  7. I loved the close ups and learning about Ukrainians in Canada. My favorite Canadian Ukrainian or is it Ukrainian Canadian is Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy!

    Janis
    GDP

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  8. @Lowell: the country has had a complicated history.

    @Denise: thank you.

    @Nancy: I do too.

    @Eileen: these event have been quite informative.

    @Tom: there is quite a strong presence in Canada.

    @Grace: I have enjoyed these events.

    @Janis: I didn't know that about him.

    @Marleen: so do I.

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  9. This is a great way to learn a bit more about some of our neighbours history. I've not heard of VR goggles before, but what an amazing way to see an exhibit.
    Wendy

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  10. I would love to have experienced the VR goggles. That's something I've never tried before.

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  11. Great exhibition! I love the colorful arts and crafts from Ukraine! Sand art sounds very interesting!

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  12. I know so many Canadians of Ukrainian descent!

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  13. @Wendy: I've never used them, but I've seen them around.

    @Sharon: I should have tried them this time!

    @Tamago: it looked quite interesting to see what was happening on screen.

    @RedPat: there is quite a community of Ukrainian descent throughout the nation.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Revrunner: indeed.

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  14. It seems there's always something going on in Ottawa!

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  15. I love these kind of events, a very nice tool in teaching people about other places around the world. I would like to try out the VR goggles, it would be an interesting experience I'm sure.

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  16. Poor Ukraine, so far from Canada, so close to Russia

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  17. Wonderful photos of this exhibit, William! Lovely colours, designs and art!

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  18. Interesting exhibit---would be nice to visit. Thank you
    MB

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  19. Quite a display considering what they have been through.

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  20. Your comment section is interesting too. Great job of building your blog followers! Wish I had your talent for that.

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  21. A good friend spent two years in Ukraine with the Peace Corps, maybe four years ago. It was fascinating to talk with her about her experiences. She loved the country and the people and wants to go back.

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  22. Oh, I like the clothing and crafts! So colorful.

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  23. Looks like an interesting and informative visit once again, William.

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  24. Interesting! My Ukrainian grandfather emigrated to the U.S. through Canada.

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  25. Interesting and informative, the advantage to live in a big city.

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  26. Thank you for the information
    Many years ago an elderly Ukrainian immigrant, at dinner, was stunned that didn't have a college degree (then). I was disappointed he didn't remark on the dress I was wearing in a very Ukrainian pattern. He was quite a lovley character.

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  27. I enjoy sand artists!
    I recall doing lots of pysanki eggs with students back in the day!

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  28. There is a Ukranian Catholic Church near us and they hold a Ukranian festival every year... we have seen the eggs and some dances.

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  29. Another interesting exhibition. I know a few Ukrainians myself. They make home here in Kolobrzeg too.

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