Life Bearable For Hutterites

The state of Montana has seen its Amish population gradually increase since the first settlements were established in the 1970s.   Big Sky Country has traditionally been the land of the Hutterites.  At the risk of being repetitive,  Hutterites come from the same Anabaptist background as the Amish and Mennonites but early on their branch of the faith evolved into something different.  The Hutterites live communally and while they dress plainly they embrace technology much more than their Amish brethren.  While the Amish and Mennonites "mix" frequently, there is little interaction between the Amish and Hutterites.  All of this brings me to a bizarre episode that unfolded on a Hutterite colony in Montana yesterday.  A 300 pound grizzly bear found its way onto a colony and read what happened next by clicking here.   We've talked before about phrasology identifiers for plain people.  I was amused in the article by the Hutterite woman talking about the event being "pretty cool", just not something you'd typical hear an Amish woman say.   The Amish in Montana have had to learn to live with bear as they frequently lumber into the communities.

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that is interesting that the amish are allowed use disposable cameras. I thought that was  a definite no no for them.thanks for the information . Your site has given me more first hand knowledge of their life. thank you. lovina and her collumn are a treasure. Most families have a hard time gathereing together to share a meal or work and just time together. Something we can learn to be more like them.  

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I thought it was interesting that the Hutterites took a picture of the bear.  I had assumed (wrongly) that they would not have been fond of photography.  I know Amish adults do not like to have their picture taken - but do they own cameras to take photos of things (flowers, scenery, nature, etc.) ?

 

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Ooh, good question.  First of all, the Hutterites just have a different level of acceptance of technology.  Their colonies run with some of the most advanced farming equipment available, they have a very different view of such things...so I'm not surprised that they had cameras.  But what about the Amish owning cameras to take photos of non-people type things?  I actually have observed many Amish people using disposable cameras to take photos of wildlife or nature while on vacation or perhaps the tables at weddings.   That said, once cameras fall into human hands then people can - and do - take photos of themselves....so most Amish elders frown on any camera ownership, but as a practical matter many Amish do use disposables....actually owning a real camera, I have found is more rare....

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