Hutterite children playing tag on straw bales under a rainbow at Spring Valley Colony after a rain shower on a warm August evening.

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

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Growing up Hutterite

2009 - Present

Hutterite child with a mop in the children's dining room at Deerboine Hutterite Colony.

Laura Waldner in the Essenschul (kids dining room) mopping up after lunch.

Deerboine Colony - 2017
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Hutterite children playing in the dining room on a Hutterite Colony in Manitoba.

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

 

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A Hutterite teen boy and girl talking in the dining room of their colony.

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.

Deerboine Colony - 2010

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A Hutterite girl walking through the snow at sunset at Deerboine Hutterite Colony in Manitoba.

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

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A Hutterite buy using frogs as bait while fishing at Deerboine Hutterite Colony in Manitoba.

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

Deerboine Colony - 2013

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Young Hutterite men sitting around a fire and fishing at a creek near their colony.

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

Deerboine Colony - 2016
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Young Hutterite women playing guitar and singing at Deerboine Hutterite Colony in Manitoba.

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

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A young Hutterite woman watches television in a classroom at school.

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

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A Hutterite boy tries to catch a duck to be butchered.

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

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A young Hutterite man covered in blood after butchering chickens.

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

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A young Hutterite woman smiling while wearing her traditional clothing.

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

Deerboine Colony - 2013

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A Hutterite woman wearing bright pink sneakers along with her homemade prairie dress.

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

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A Hutterite Minister lectures two of his children in his living room prior to their baptism.

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

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A Hutterite woman sews a dress for baptism in her home at Deerboine Hutterite Colony in Manitoba.

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.

Deerboine Colony - 2011

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Young Hutterite men and women socialize by arm wrestling at a table.

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

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Hutterite children say a prayer before lunch in the children's dining room.

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

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A Hutterite woman watches television as she donates blood at a clinic.

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

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Hutterite women play in the garden while planting in spring at Deerboine Hutterite Colony in Manitoba.

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

Deerboine Colony - 2010

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A Hutterite woman with braces and a flower in her hair smiles.

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

Deerboine Colony - 2010

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A Hutterite woman sends a text from her phone while gardening.

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

Deerboine Colony - 2015
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Two Hutterite women sit in a pickup truck watching a nearby building burn down.

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

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Two Hutterite woman look over the burning remains of a building destroyed by fire.

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

Deerboine Colony - 2010

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Young Hutterite women socialize on a hill overlooking a river valley in Manitoba.

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

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A Hutterite couple kisses during an engagement party on a colony in Manitoba.

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

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A Hutterite woman weeps while saying goodbye to friends and family to move to a new home.

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

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Hutterite girls play on a set of swings at Deerboine Hutterite Colony in Manitoba.

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

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A Hutterite boy from Lajord Colony in Saskatchewan.

Cameron Hofer.

Lajord Colony - 2017 (Dariusleut, Saskatchewan)

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Hutterite children play on a swing set outside a home at Lajord Colony.

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
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A young Hutterite girl plays on a tire swing at a colony in Manitoba.

A young girl swings from a tire swing.

Acadia Colony - 2017

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A Hutterite girl plays hockey on an outdoor rink at Acadia Colony in Manitoba.

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

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A Hutterite girl tugs on her younger brothers suspenders while sitting at a kitchen table.

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

Deerboine Colony - 2010 

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Hutterite boy wipes something from his eye using his mothers dress.

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

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Hutterite boys lie with their mother listening to music.

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

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Hutterite boy kneels at the side of his bed saying evening prayers with his father,

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

Deerboine Colony - 2012

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Hutterite children play in a swimming hole on their colony in Manitoba.

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

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A Hutterite woman lies in the water of a swimming hole in her blue homemade dress.

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

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Hutterite children babysit younger relatives on a colony in Manitoba.

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

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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A Hutterite man and woman embrace while having engagement photos taken.

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

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A Hutterite woman wears colourful green sunglasses at Deerboine Hutterite Colony in Manitoba.

Chantel Hofer.

Deerboine Colony - 2015


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A Hutterite girl wears a cowboy hat and a New York sweatshirt during a winter fair.

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

Parkview Colony - 2018

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A Hutterite family sits in a grain truck watching harvest in a field in Manitoba.

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

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Four Hutterite women stand in a field of canola in Manitoba.

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

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A Hutterite girl rollerblades past the window of a home at Deerboine Hutterite Colony in Manitoba.

Rollerblading outside the Minister's home in early fall. 

Deerboine Colony - 2010

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Hutterite children sled at sunset on a winter day in Manitoba.
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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