In 1969, Mary-Ann Kirkby's parents did the unthinkable. They
left a Hutterite colony near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, with
seven children and little else, to start a new life. Overnight, the
family was thrust into a society they did not understand and which
knew little of their unique culture. The transition was
More than 40,000 Hutterites live on 400 colonies throughout the
U.S. and Canada's Prairie provinces. Spiritual cousins to the
Mennonites and the Amish, this 500-year-old culture with European
roots has been in North America since the late 1800s, yet few
outsiders know anything about its customs or traditions.
I Am Hutterite
takes you inside Fairholme Colony, where Kirkby spent the
first ten years of her life. Her detailed portrait of Hutterian
people opens a window on a closedcommunity and reveals a way of
life that seems extraordinary to the outside world.