20 Facts About Hutterites


Hutterites, called Hutterian Brethren, are a communal ethnoreligious branch of Anabaptists, who, like the Amish and Mennonites, trace their roots to the Radical Reformation of the early 16th century and have formed intentional communities.

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The Hutterites embarked on a series of migrations through central and eastern Europe.

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Anabaptist movement, from which the Hutterites emerged, started in groups that formed after the early Reformation in Switzerland led by Huldrych Zwingli .

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Therefore, Moravia, where Hubmaier had found refuge, was the land where the persecuted Anabaptist forerunners of the Hutterites fled to, originating mostly from different locations in what is today Southern Germany, Austria and South Tyrol.

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In Moravia, the Hutterites flourished for several decades; the period between 1554 and 1565 was called "good" and the period between 1565 and 1592 was called "golden".

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In 1622 the Hutterites were expelled from Moravia and fled to the Hutterite settlements in Hungary, where overcrowding caused severe hardship.

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Some Moravian Hutterites converted to Catholicism and retained a separate ethnic identity as the Habans until the 19th century .

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In fact he forced a group of 186 Hutterites to come to Alvinc in 1622, because he needed craftsmen and agricultural workers to develop his land.

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The Hutterites then sought the advice of Russian army commander "Sametin" in Bucharest, who proposed that they emigrate to Russia where Count Pyotr Rumyantsev would provide them with land all they need for a new beginning.

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In 1845, a small group of Hutterites made plans to renew the community of goods, but was told to wait until the government had approved their plans to buy separate land.

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Hutterites responded to this mistreatment of their conscientious objectors by leaving the United States and moving to the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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In 1942, alarmed at the influx of Dakota Hutterites buying copious tracts of land, the Province of Alberta passed the Communal Properties Act, severely restricting the expansion of the Dariusleut and Lehrerleut colonies.

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In 2018, the Senate of Canada asked the House of Commons to review the legislation, because Hutterites were not being allowed to claim the Working Income Tax Benefit refundable tax credit, which was available to other farmers in Canada.

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Hutterites's job entails training in German language studies, Bible teaching, and scripture memorization.

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The other is the Prairieleut – Hutterites that lived in separate households rather than in colonies after settling on the American prairies.

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Alberta Hutterites initially won the right not to have their photographs taken for their driver's licenses.

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Just as the Amish and Old Order Mennonites often use Pennsylvania German, the Hutterites have preserved and use among themselves a distinct dialect of German known as Hutterite German, or Hutterisch, sometimes regarded as being a language in its own right.

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Immediately after the first airing, many Hutterites began to complain that the show did not represent a true picture of typical colony life and ended up being a reality show or "soap opera" rather than a documentary.

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In 2013, How to Get to Heaven with the Hutterites was broadcast on BBC2 and looked at the lives of the people within the community.

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Hutterites were featured in the CBC TV series Heartland in Season 8, Episode 7, "Walk a Mile" .

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