This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Mary-Ann Kirkby left a Hutterite colony in Manitoba with her family in , when she was 10 years old. She self-published I Am Hutterite in , a nuanced portrait of Hutterite life that was later re-released by publishing houses in the United States and Canada. The Hutterites are one of three major Christian Anabaptist groups, alongside the Amish and the Mennonites. Dating back to , they escaped religious persecution and eventually made their way to Canada around , where they settled across the Prairies.
Women once trapped within Hutterite community share their tale of escape
Daily Life at a Manitoba Hutterite Colony | Peaceful Societies
There will be no changes to other Yahoo properties or services, or your Yahoo account. You can find more information about the Yahoo Answers shutdown and how to download your data on this help page. I live near a fairly large Amish community in Wisconsin and they are having problems with inbreeding because they don't convert new people to the Amish way of life. Everyone is related so the kids that are now being born are having major problems. The elders of the community have allowed families to seek men from outside the Amish community to impregnate their daughters to bring new blood into the Amish families.
Nearly a decade after she escaped life in a Hutterite colony, Sheryl Waldner feels called to put down roots in Thunder Bay. Waldner and her sister Darlene thought they'd grown up shy. They weren't allowed to sing, travel or pursue education. As young women, they trudged along the path set out for them, including cooking, gardening and cleaning.
When Kelly Hofer came out as a gay Hutterite seven years ago, he was pretty much the only person in his religion to do so—and he was ostracized for it. Members of an Anabaptist Christian sect that originated in Germany and Austria, Hutterites live on colonies that are communally owned; property and personal possessions are shared. Kelly was one of the first Hutterites to make his coming out and leaving the colony a public affair, posting about his journey all over Facebook. Kelly has since set up an anonymous Facebook support group for queer Hutterites on and off the colony, which is growing by the day and transforming the lives of the queer Hutterites that have joined it.