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What are Hutterite Colonies?

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Hutterite colonies are settlements where Hutterites live and work. There are usually about 15 families there and they farm, raise livestock and make manufactured goods for food. Most Hutterite colonies are located in the upper Great Plains of the United States and Western Canada, and there is one in Japan.

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Hutterites are ethno-religious communal people who are a branch of Anabaptists. Their roots can be traced back to the Radical Reformation of the 16th century, like the Amish and Mennonites. The Hutterites are named for their founder, Jakob Hutter. He founded the group in the Austrian province of Tyrol and then escaped persecution by leading the group to Moravia. They follow the major tenets of Anabaptism, which include adult baptism, nonviolence and communal ownership of goods.

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