“Hedgehog in the Fog” as a Maidan Hero

Nataliya Bezborodova


Norshtein’s “Hedgehog in the Fog” is a Soviet cartoon about a little hedgehog making his way through a scary world of fog. This film has generated its own lore, and there is also a monument to the hedgehog in Kyiv. During the Maidan events, the hedgehog cartoon acquired a new meaning; the everyman/hedgehog became first a symbol of searching for the right path and then of protest. Maidan brought the destruction of Soviet monuments, but not of the Kyiv hedgehog statue; it was modified to convey these new senses as a part of Kyiv’s cultural heritage. This paper explores the Hedgehog cartoon as the focus of a new lore. The paper is based on the author’s presentation at the American Folklore Society Annual Conference 2014 and her MA thesis, Maidan on Facebook: Sensitive, Expressive and Interpretative Protest Lore.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17161/folklorica.v20i0.6602

Folklorica, Journal of the Slavic, East European and Eurasian Folkore Association. ISSN 1920-0242.
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