Master of Arts, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, 1960. Habilitation, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, 1969.
Assistant Adam Mickiewicz University, 1953-1961, adjunct to docent, 1961-1977, vice dean to dean, 1969-1975, professor ethnology, since 1977, head Institute Ethnology, 1979-1993, full professor ethnology, since 1993. President Committee Ethnological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, since 1987. President National Committee for Collaboration with International Union Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, since 1987.
Member International Society Ethnology and Folklore, European Association Social Anthropologists, Polish Ethnological Society (honorary).
Married Elzbieta Jaroszewska, June 12, 1956. Children: Pawel, Piotr, Wojtek.