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Follow American Colony: Meet the Hutterites on ShareTV. Complete episode/ character View All  · Claudia Hofer · Bertha Hofer · Toby Hofer · Wesley Hofer . Hutterites (German: Hutterer), also called Hutterian Brethren (German: Hutterische Brüder), are On May 29, , the first episode of American Colony: Meet the Hutterites aired on the National Geographic Channel. Filmed primarily at King. With Anthony Hofer, Bertha Hofer, Carver Hofer, Claudia Hofer. Meet the Hutterites--a small religious colony in rural Montana who holds desperately to their.
The Minister, Secretary, and all "boss" positions are elected positions and many decisions are taken to a vote before they are implemented. The voting and decision-making process at most colonies is based upon a two-tiered structure including a council—usually seven senior males—and the voting membership which includes all the married men of the colony.
For "significant" decisions the council will first vote and, if passed, the decision will be carried to the voting membership.
This structure has resulted in a democratic culture in most colonies. Officials not following the democratically selected decisions can be removed by a similar vote of a colony.
There is a wide range of leadership cultures and styles between the three main colony varieties.American Colony Meet the Hutterites 2012 Season 1 Episode 2
In some cases very dominant ministers or secretaries may hold greater sway over some colonies than others. However, the general prevailing culture in most colonies is strongly democratic. Women and children hold no formal vote in decision-making power in a colony. They often hold influence on decision-making through the informal processes of a colony's social framework.
Overarching all internal governance processes within a single colony is the broader "Bishop" structure of leaders from across a "branch" Lehrer- Darius- or Schmiedeleut such that all colonies within each branch are subject to the broader decision-making of that branch's "Bishop" council. A minister of a colony who does not ensure his colony follows broader "Bishop" council decisions can be removed from his position.
Community ownership[ edit ] Hutterites practice a near-total community of goods: This practice is based largely on Hutterite interpretation of passages in chapters 2, 4, and 5 of Actswhich speak of the believers "having all things in common". Thus the colony owns and operates its buildings and equipment like a corporation. Housing units are built and assigned to individual families but belong to the colony and there is very little personal property.
Lunch and dinner meals are taken by the entire colony in a dining or fellowship room. Men and women sit in a segregated fashion.
Special occasions sometimes allow entire families to enjoy meals together. Individual housing units do have kitchens which are used for breakfast meals. Daughter colonies[ edit ] New colony Each colony may consist of about 10 to 20 families may not always applywith a population of around 60 to When the colony's population grows near the upper limit and its leadership determines that branching off is economically and spiritually necessary, they locate, purchase land for, and build a "daughter" colony.
The process by which a colony splits to create a new daughter colony varies across the branches of colonies.
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In Lehrerleut, this process is quite structured, while in Darius and Schmiedeleut the process can be somewhat less structured.
In a Lehrerleut colony, the land will be purchased and buildings actually constructed before anyone in the colony knows who will be relocating to the daughter colony location. The final decision as to who leaves and who stays will not be made until everything is ready at the new location.
During the construction process, the colony leadership splits the colony up as evenly as possible, creating two separate groups of families. The two groups are made as close as possible to equal in size, taking into account the practical limits of family unit sizes in each group.
Additionally, the leadership must split the business operations as evenly as possible. This means deciding which colony might take on, for example, either hog farming or dairy. Colony members are given a chance to voice concerns about which group a family is assigned to, but at some point, a final decision is made. This process can be very difficult and stressful for a colony, as many political and family dynamics become topics of discussion, and not everyone will be happy about the process or its results.
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The minister will pray, asking for God's choice of the paper drawn from the hat, and will draw one piece of paper. The name drawn will indicate which group is leaving for the daughter colony. Within hours, the daughter colony begins the process of settling a brand new site. Agriculture and manufacturing[ edit ] Hutterite colony in Martinsdale, Montana with an array of reconditioned Nordtank wind turbines Hutterite colonies often own large tracts of land and, since they function as a collective unit, can make or afford higher quality equipment than if they were working alone.
An increasing number of Hutterite colonies are again venturing into the manufacturing sector, a change that is reminiscent of an early period of Hutterite life in Europe. Before the Hutterites emigrated to North America, they relied on manufacturing to sustain their communities. It was only in Russia that the Hutterites learned to farm from the Mennonites.
Because of the increasing automation of farming large equipment, GPS-controlled seeding, spraying, etc. Many colonies that have gone into manufacturing believe they need to provide their members with a higher level of education. The splitting process requires the purchase of land and the construction of buildings.
This massive cash requirement has forced leadership to re-evaluate how a colony can produce the necessary funds. New projects have included plastics manufacturing, metal fabrication, cabinetry, and stone or granite forming, to name a few. One unique project came together in South Dakota. A group of 44 colonies joined to create a turkey processing center where their poultry can be processed. The plant hired non-Hutterite staff to process the poultry for market. This plant helped to secure demand for the colonies' poultry.
They attempt to remove themselves from the outside world televisions — and in some cases the internet — are bannedand up until recently, many of the Lehrerleut and Dariusleut Alberta colonies still only had one central phone. The Schmiedeleut had made this transition earlier, where each household had a telephone along with a central phone for the colony business operation.
Phones are used for both business and social purposes. Cell phones are also very common among all three groups today. Text messaging has made cell phones particularly useful for Hutterian young people wishing to keep in touch with their peers.
Most Hutterite homes have computers and radios; a minority of communities mostly, liberal Schmiedeleut colonies have Internet access. Farming equipment technology generally matches or exceeds that of non-Hutterite farmers. Lehrerleut colonies have recently struggled with the proliferation of computers and have clamped down so that computers are no longer allowed in households and their use is limited to only business and farming operations including animal, feed and crop management.
But as the world evolves more and technology is used more and more for work and communication, many Hutterite young people use computers, photos, and the internet for keeping in contact with their friends, relatives and meeting new people outside the colony.
The school is typically run by a hired "outside" teacher who teaches the basics including English. In some Schmiedeleut schools, teachers are chosen from the colony. The "German" education of colony children is the responsibility of the "Assistant Minister" at some colonies, but most colonies elect a "German Teacher", who in most cases also takes care of the colony garden.
The German Teacher will cooperate with the outside teacher with regard to scheduling and planning. Some Hutterite colonies are allowed to send their children to public school as the parents see fit, but in some cases it is customary to remove them from school entirely in 8th grade or at the age of 15; however, many colonies offer them a full grade 12 diploma and in some cases a university degree.
Public school in these instances is seen as a luxury and children are sometimes made to miss days of school in favor of duties at the colony. In a few rare cases, allowing a child to continue attending school past this limit can result in punishment of the parents, including shunning and removal from the church. Though all three "leut" are Hutterites, there are some distinctive differences, including style of dress and organizational structure.
The differences are mostly traditional and geographic. There are two other related groups. The Arnoldleut—also referred to as the Bruderhof Communities or currently, Church Communities International  —is a group of more recent origin which, prior towere accepted by the Dariusleut and Lehrerleut groups as a part of the Hutterite community. The Schmiedeleut were divided over the issue.
One group is called the 'oilers', because of an issue over an oil well. The other is the Prairieleut — Hutterites that lived in separate households rather than in colonies after settling on the American prairies.
Most of the Prairieleut eventually united with the Mennonites. This highly acrimonious division has cut across family lines and remains a serious matter almost two decades later.
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Group One colonies generally have relatively more liberal positions on issues including higher education, ecumenical and missions work, musical instruments, media, and technology.
Photography[ edit ] Alberta Hutterites initially won the right not to have their photographs taken for their drivers' licenses. In Maythe Alberta Court of Appeal ruled that the photograph requirement violates their religious rights and that driving was essential to their way of life. Hutterian Brethren of Wilson Colony that a Hutterite community must abide by provincial rules that make a digital photo mandatory for all new driver's licences as a way to prevent identity theft.
In particular, from —, Chicago photographer Mary Koga went to rural Alberta to work on her series The Hutterites. Her images show the members of the community with great openness, sympathy and a touch of humor. In contrast to the uniformly plain look of the Amish and Old Order Mennonites, Hutterite clothing can be vividly coloured, especially on children, although many Hutterites do wear plain dress. Shoes were homemade in the past but are now mostly store-bought.
Men's jackets and pants are usually black. Generally the men's shirts are button-up shirts with long sleeves and collars, and they may wear undershirts. Men's pants are not held in place by belts, but rather by black suspenders.
These pants are also distinctive by their lack of back pockets. Women and girls wear a dress with a blouse underneath. Most Lehrerleut and Dariusleut also wear a kerchief-style Christian headcovering which is usually black with white polka dots. The Schmiedleut also wear a kerchief-style head cover, but without the dots. Those elders, he said, are unhappy that the Hutterites on the show chose to use the camera to talk about education, the role of women and the struggles of adapting to modern ways.
Most on the King Ranch colony are pleased with and proud of the show, Collins said, but he believes they are now under external pressure to lodge a protest. In June, the bishops for the three sects of about 50, Hutterites in colonies in North America said in a joint statement that they were "deeply disappointed" in the show and that it presented a "distorted" and contrived image of their faith.
Lyle said he stands by the producer and that the show went through National Geographic's fact-checking protocol. We believe it's a fair and accurate portrayal of the life in the part time that we were there," Lyle said. John Hofer told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Collins arrived at the colony, found their life too boring for TV, and persuaded them to do things they never would normally do. Our simple way of life was not exciting enough to him.
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Bertha Hofer, a mother of three children who was featured prominently in the series, said the first three episodes were accurate depictions but then producers began presenting them with story lines. She said they rejected some ideas but went along with others. We just fell for it," she said. Hofer said the elders from Canada told them they wanted the colony members to tell the truth. But Hofer said she also feared that she would be punished after the show followed her and her daughter Claudia looking at a college in Great Falls.
She said she is fighting for a full education for her children, while the elders believe in an eighth-grade education for most colony members, she said.
The ed "We're just waiting to see what will happen, it's just day to day," she said. Colony spokeswoman Mary-Ann Kirkby said the levels of Hutterite education differ by colony and by sect.