Women cut fabric to be used to make quilts during a quilting bee for the Mennonite Central Committee as part of the relief effort for Haiti after a powerful earthquake devastated parts of the country. Many colony's are quick to lend a hand to their neighb

Women cut fabric to be used to make quilts during a quilting bee for the Mennonite Central Committee as part of the relief effort for Haiti after a powerful earthquake devastated parts of the country. Many colonies are quick to lend a hand to their neighbours and strangers when they can. 

Airport Colony - 2010

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Hutterites of Manitoba

2009 - Present

Lenci Waldner and Trina Waldner work together on a school project using a laptop and the internet at Odanah Colony. It is easy for outsiders to generalize Hutterites but colonies are very diverse. Some colonies, especially amongst the Group 1 Schmiedeleuts have really embraced the use of digital technologies in the classroom and have sent their own members through post-secondary education so that they can teach on the colony. Other colonies have been much more wary of allowing in internet use. Each colony decides for itself what to allow but is keenly aware of what fellow colonies are doing. Odanah Colony - 2014

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Kristiane Hofer sends a text while riding in the back of a pickup truck with Angela Hofer. Texting is extremely popular on colonies where cellphones have been accepted to make farming and business more productive. Individual colonies make their own decisions about how much technology to allow in but their leaders are all aware and interested in how their fellow colonies are handling the issue.

Deerboine Colony - 2009

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06122015.Edwin Hofer sits in the living room of his home waiting for the call to church as dusk descends over Deerboine Colony. .(Tim Smith)

Edwin Hofer sits in the living room of his home waiting for the call to church as dusk descends over the colony.

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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Carpenters Jonathan Hofer and Arthur Wurtz install new aluminum sheets on a colony home on a sunny July day. .Deerboine Colony - 2010

Carpenters Jonathan Hofer and Arthur Wurtz install new aluminum sheets on a colony home on a sunny July day. Deerboine Colony - 2010

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Streaks of sunlight pour through a window as Tiffany Hofer checks on buns baking for Deerboine Colony's annual harvest sale.

Deerboine Colony - 2009

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Minister Tom Hofer sits at his desk shortly before heading to the church to deliver a mass during baptism weekend in April. 

Deerboine Colony - 2011

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Portrait of Michelle Wurtz while collecting maple sap. 

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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John and Ruth Waldner give thanks after he helped her with her lunch at their kitchen table. Ruth has dementia and John spends most of his day caring for her.

Deerboine Colony - 2013

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John Waldner tucks his wife Ruth into bed for an afternoon nap in late October. On the wall behind them is a composite photo of each of them before they were married. 

Deerboine Colony - 2013

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Isabel Hofer rakes straw off of the strawberry patch in early spring. 

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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Tilly Wurtz in front of her home. 

Deerboine Colony - 2013

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Phoebe Wurtz of Oak River Colony completes simulation testing for one of her courses in her Health Studies program at Brandon University. Phoebe and three other Hutterite women from the group one side of the Schmiedeleut sect were the first Hutterite wome
Phoebe Wurtz of Oak River Colony completes simulation testing for one of the courses in her Health Studies program at Brandon University. Phoebe and three other Hutterite women from the group one side of the Schmiedeleut sect were the first Hutterite women to go to university off the colony to study nursing.
Oak River Colony - 2011
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Jacob Kleinssasser, the controversial elder of the group one Schmeideleut sect of the Hutterites, photographed at his home at Crystal Springs Colony. A split amongst the Schmeideleut Hutterites occurred in the 1990's when a group of colony ministers chall

Jacob Kleinsasser, elder of the group one Schmeideleut sect of the Hutterites, photographed at his home. 

Crystal Springs Colony - 2013

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Jonathan Hofer runs the egg laying chicken operation at Deerboine Colony and serves as the german school teacher. The german school teacher is responsible for the children's spiritual education as well as the teachings of Hutterite history. 

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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Head cook Tilly sits on her front steps enjoying the sunshines as her laundry blows in the wind outside her home on the colony. Deerboine Colony - 2015

Head cook Tilly Wurtz sits on her front steps enjoying the sunshine as her laundry blows in the wind outside her home on the colony. 

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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Aaron Wurtz checks to see how full a grain bin is while offloading a grain truck during harvest. 

Deerboine Colony - 2009

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Clay shooting over the Assiniboine River at Deerboine Colony at sunset on a warm summer evening.  .Deerboine Colony - 2015.

Clay shooting over the Assiniboine River at sunset on a warm summer evening. 

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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Michael washes one of the colony trucks in the morning light as a combine sits parked in the background. All goods such as vehicles are shared on the colony.

Deerboine Colony - 2009

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Colony members pile into Mike and Grace's living room during the farewell party for Deborah the night before she leaves to marry into Forest River Colony.

Deerboine Colony - 2013

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The white board in the kitchen on Valentine's day. 

Deerboine Colony - 2011

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Heidi Hofer broke her arm leaping off a swing on the colony. Friends signed her cast. 

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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Michael and Dora in their home. 

Deerboine 2012

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Colony secretary Mel Hofer combines as the sun sets in early September during harvest..Deerboine Colony - 2010

Colony secretary Mel Hofer combines as the sun sets in early September during harvest.

Deerboine Colony - 2010

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26082015.Mel Hofer and Arthur Wurtz eat corn on the cob from the back of a pickup truck as part of supper in the field while combining wheat in a valley east of Deerboine Hutterite Colony. When harvest is in full swing you don't break for supper at the co

Mel Hofer and Arthur Wurtz eat corn on the cob from the back of a pickup truck as part of supper in the field while combining wheat in a valley east of Deerboine Hutterite Colony. When harvest is in full swing you don't break for supper at the colony, for church or for much of anything else. Priority number one is getting the crops off the field. 

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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Young men watch the colony wood shop burn from the warmth of a nearby building in late November. 

Deerboine Colony - 2010

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Edmund Hofer works in the machine shop. 

Deerboine Colony - 2010

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Ruth Waldner and Katherina Wurtz pull apart the yarn from old sweaters and ball it to use for future projects. Ruth has dementia and pulling apart yarn gives her comfort and purpose.

Deerboine Colony - 2013

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Rachel and Jonathan Hofer in their kitchen. Deerboine Colony - 2012.

Rachel and Jonathan Hofer in their kitchen.

Deerboine Colony - 2012
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Mary Wurtz's sewing station. The women sew their own dresses and clothes for their children and husbands as well as other items for use in the home.

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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10062015.Chantel Hofer studies an exhibit about the Holocaust at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba during a field trip for the colony school. .(Tim Smith)

Chantel Hofer studies an exhibit about the Holocaust at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba during a field trip for the colony school.

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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Ryan Wurtz immediately after butchering broiler chickens, a messy job that takes the majority of the able-bodied colony members working together like an assembly line. The Hutterites are experts in self sufficiency, raising and growing the majority of the

Ryan Wurtz immediately after butchering broiler chickens, a messy job that takes the majority of the able-bodied colony members working together like an assembly line. 

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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Flowers were placed on top of Annie Basel's grave and hymns were sung after she was laid to rest in Deerboine Colony's cemetery following the wake and funeral. As is tradition the grave is dug by hand.
Flowers were placed on top of Annie Basel's grave and hymns were sung after she was laid to rest in Deerboine Colony's cemetery following the wake and funeral. As is tradition the grave is dug by hand.

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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26082015.Chantel spins her two-year-old niece Anabelle in a field of wheat as the combines sit idle while the men eat a quick supper in the field during harvest. .(Tim Smith)

Chantel spins her two-year-old niece Anabelle in a field of wheat as the combines sit idle while the men eat a quick supper in the field during harvest.

Deerboine Colony - 2015

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10072015.Michelle Wurtz and her mother Katherina scrub down walls in the killing plant. Deerboine Colony - 2015.(Tim Smith)

Michelle Wurtz and her mother Katherina scrub down walls in the killing plant. 

Deerboine Colony - 2015.

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Wearing matching pattern dresses Janell Negussie of Netley Colony and Kim Wurtz of Oak River Colony pin quilts before they are sewn during a quilting bee at Acadia Colony. Acadia held a five-day quilting bee inviting women from up to four other colony's a

Wearing matching pattern dresses Janell Negussie of Netley Colony and Kim Wurtz of Oak River Colony pin quilts before they are sewn during a quilting bee at Acadia Colony.

Acadia Colony - 2016

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