Kolberg received financial aid from the Academy of Arts and Sciences to conduct research in both Podolia and Pokuttia, yet it was so modest that he managed to finance only his research in one region.
Kolberg came to Pokuttia regularly between 1876-1880. He stayed with Władysław Przybysławski in Czortowiec and with Sofron Witwicki, the parish priest of the village of Żabie. In 1880 he participated in the organization of the ‘Ethnographical Exhibition’ in Kołomyja.
Among other items on the exhibition, there was the manuscript of ‘Obrzędy i zwyczaje na Rusi Pokucia’ [Rituals and Customs of the Ruthenian Pokuttia] by Bazyli Jurczenko, a teacher from Ispas. When the exhibition was over, Jurczenko wrote down for Kolberg the texts of songs and fairy tales, as well as some information about beliefs.