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    Growing Up Hutterite



    Children play tag on a pyramid of straw bales under a rainbow after a light rain shower on a warm August evening.
    Spring Valley Colony - 2010



    Laura Waldner in the Essenschul (kids dining room) mopping up after lunch.
    Deerboine Colony - 2017



    Joel Wurtz races past his sister Nicole as she lies on a serving cart in the kitchen while their mother Katherina prepares the essenshul (eating school) for the colony children before lunch.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010



    Josh Wurtz, late to lunch after chores in the dairy barn, catches up with Chantel Hofer as she wipes down tables in the colony dining room. Hutterites have strict gender roles, with women tending to the cooking, cleaning and the garden, and men taking care of the farming and the businesses.



    Heidi Hofer marches through the snow towards the church as the sun sets in late February. In most colonies, tradition calls for the church to be at the centre of the community with the colony homes surrounding it.

    Deerboine Colony - 2013



    Andre Wurtz uses frogs as bait while fishing from the banks of the Assiniboine River on a warm June evening.




    Young men from Deerboine Colony talk around the fire while fishing at a creek near their colony at dusk in spring.

    Deerboine Colony - 2016



    Angela Hofer plays guitar and sings along with Dahlia Wurtz during a sing-along at a home on Deerboine Colony. In addition to traditional hymns sung in their low-german dialect, a few country songs and other tunes were also sung.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010



    Junia Wurtz watches the movie The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants on a television at the colony school. An english teacher from off the colony brought in the movie for her to watch because she really enjoyed the book.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010



    Simeon Wurtz tries to corner a duck while helping with the slaughter. Children are taught to pull their weight on the colony at an early age.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010



    Justin Hofer after day two of butchering egg-laying chickens. Deerboine Colony along with Souris River Colony butchered approximately 11,000 chickens over two days. The work is hard and not particularly appetizing.

    Deerboine Colony - 2015




    Portrait of Michelle Wurtz, oldest child of Tim and Katherina Wurtz, and fourteen at the time.

    Deerboine Colony - 2013



    Chantel Hofer wears bright pink DC brand sneakers with her homemade dress outside her family's home at Deerboine Colony. Although conformity is the ideal on Hutterite colonies, individuals, especially young women, look for subtle ways to express their individuality. Deerboine Colony - 2013



    Deerboine Colony Minister Tom Hofer lectures his two youngest children, Tommy and Deborah, in their home prior to their baptism. The Hutterites believe in adult baptism with each candidate choosing when they are ready. It as seen as the most important step in a Hutterite's life.

    Deerboine Colony - 2011



    Deborah Hofer sews her baptism dress in the sewing room of her family's home at Deerboine Colony. The Hutterites believe in adult baptism with each candidate choosing when they are ready. It as seen as the most important step in a Hutterite's life and signifies the candidate's acceptance to carry on the Hutterite faith and traditions.



    Tommy Hofer arm-wrestles a young woman from a neighbouring farm as some of Deerboine Colony's young people unwind after the yearly fall harvest sale. Events at colonies such as baptisms, weddings and helping with farm work allow young members to socialize and meet members of the opposite sex from outside their colony.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010



    Essenshul (Eating School) mother Katherina Wurtz leads children in a prayer before lunch. Children between the age of 5 and 15 eat separately from the adults in the Essenshul where they are taught to eat quickly and quietly and behave. At 15 they get to graduate to the adult dining area which is a celebrated right of passage for the children.

    Deerboine Colony - 2012



    Angela Hofer donates blood at the Canadian Blood Services clinic in the Town Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. Although Hutterites can sometimes have a bad reputation among wary farmers and city-dwellers who are suspicious of their closed society, they are typically very eager to help their neighbours in mainstream society, donating blood in droves, sandbagging properties during floods, and donating food and other items to various charity drives.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010



    Angela Hofer and Chantel Hofer chase Kristiane Hofer while the girls goof around in the garden in late July.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010



    With a flower in her hair and braces on her teeth, Dahlia Wurtz smiles while working outside the greenhouse.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010



    Michelle Wurtz texts in the garden while raking straw off of the strawberry patch.

    Deerboine Colony - 2015



    Chantel Hofer and Angela Hofer are bathed in the glow of the fire as they sit in the cab of a truck watching the colony wood shop burn to the ground. The fire started in the middle of the night and despite help from nearby rural fire departments, the wood shop could not be saved.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010




    Chantel Hofer takes a photo of the burning remains of the wood shop alongside her sister Kristiane.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010



    Young women from Deerboine Colony socialize on a hill overlooking the Assiniboine River valley where their colony is situated as the light fades on a warm July evening.

    Deerboine Colony - 2013




    Family and friends laugh as bride and groom Deborah Hofer and Derek Maendel are pressured into a kiss during the farewell party for the bride at Deerboine Colony. In Hutterite society the bride always marries to the groom's colony.

    Deerboine Colony - 2013




    Deborah Hofer says a tearful goodbye to Edna Hofer before making the journey from Manitoba to North Dakota to marry into Forest River Colony. Leaving the only home they've ever known to move to a new colony can prove difficult or scary at first for many Hutterite women.

    Deerboine Colony - 2013



    Junia Wurtz watches as Terena Hofer swings high in the air on a swing set at Deerboine Colony on a July evening. Children spend a large portion of their days playing outside on the colony when they don't have school or chores.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010




    Cameron Hofer.

    Lajord Colony - 2017 (Dariusleut, Saskatchewan)




    Children swing outside a home at Lajord Colony in Saskatchewan while waiting for the morning recess bell to ring on a school day.

    Lajord Colony (Dariusleut) - 2017




    A young girl swings from a tire swing.

    Acadia Colony - 2017



    Trisha Maendel waits for the puck while playing shinny with friends on the colony ice rink on a late December evening. The affluent colony has a warm-up hut and a zamboni for cleaning the ice.

    Acadia Colony - 2011



    Michelle Wurtz tugs on the suspenders of her younger brother Simeon while having an after-school snack.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010




    Joel Wurtz wipes his eye on his mother Katherina's dress after getting something in it while joining his father and other Deerboine Colony men in the field for a field supper in late May.

    Deerboine Colony - 2013




    Lucas Hofer lies in the arms of his mother Kathy during a party and sing-along at a home after the annual christmas pageant in December.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010




    Tyler Wurtz says evening prayers with his father Michael before bed.

    Deerboine Colony - 2012




    Isabel and Simeon chicken-fight atop Bethany and Junia while playing in the colony swimming hole on a hot July evening. Wearing store-bought bathing suits and t-shirts they could be easily mistaken for everyday kids from mainstream society.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010




    Kaitlyn Wurtz takes a break while swimming in Deerboine Colony's spring-fed swimming hole on a hot summer day. Deerboine Colony - 2015




    Saphira Hofer and Nicole Wurtz look after some of the younger children on the colony while their mothers work in August.

    Deerboine Colony - 2015




    Angela Hofer of Deerboine Colony and Jacob Maendel of Treesbank Colony laugh while having engagement photos taken near Brandon, Manitoba. In Hutterite society the woman always marries to the man's colony.

    Deerboine Colony - 2011




    Chantel Hofer.

    Deerboine Colony - 2015



    Alea Waldner at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon wearing an NY hoodie and a cowboy hat.

    Parkview Colony - 2018




    Katherina and Tim Wurtz sit in a grain truck with their children watching the harvest and waiting for combines to fill the truck on land owned by Deerboine Colony in late August.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010




    Rebecca, Deborah, Dahlia and Lana, diene (low german for unmarried young women) from Deerboine Colony stand in a field of canola at sunset.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010




    Rollerblading outside the Minister's home in early fall.

    Deerboine Colony - 2010



    Last sliver of light as the sun sets and the moon rises over the toboggan hill at Acadia Hutterite Colony.
    Acadia Colony - 2016.

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