Thursday, September 21, 2006


Hutterites is a minority ethnic group in America. They are Anabaptist farmers and ranchers - close cousins of the Amish (another Anabaptist Christian group in the United States) - who, after centuries of persecution in Europe, found religious freedom in North America in the 1870s.

Hutterites are a communal people, where the colony owns all assets. So there’s no private property, no personal bank accounts, few personal belonging – and little privacy. They live rigidly structured lives that leave little room for individual expression. They do use computers and high-tech machinery; however, they speak an old Austrian German dialect, sew their own clothes, and shun television, radio, or anything else that might let in the temptations of worldly materialism.

This ethnic group is found in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Washington, and Montana. Its population in America is 9 000 people approximately. People are sustained through agriculture and manufacturing. They are mostly crop producers and have fair-sized farms. They also raise a large amount of livestock. These people embody the pioneer spirit but live entirely removed from the modern world. They practice their living principle: Live simply, share everything, and trust in God.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
~Leonardo DaVinci~

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