Ethnographers deal with research on and documenting of human cultural activities from a historical viewpoint. They also care for the preservation and cultivation of folk culture traditions. This requires knowledge, patience and time, not to mention money. But there is less and less time in areas which are quickly changing; sometimes there is no time left at all. What only the oldest people in an area know disappears together with them when they themselves become history. The present day breaks old customs, looks ahead not behind and older people seldom have anyone to pass on the knowledge of their roots. Ethnographers know this. That is why they are in a hurry and scour the country to talk to people who are representative members of their communities; they observe the customs, collect descriptive, audio and photographic documentation. They often act as intermediaries between folk artists and the companies who sell their art. They capture objects and ideas just when they are about to pass away and save what they can from being forgotten. Therefore, they must be open to people and know how to get through to them or they won’t learn anything interesting from them.
To work as an ethnographer, one must be a graduate of a university course in ethnography/ethnology. Only a handful of universities in Poland offer this education.