Photographer's Note

When the night is coming, Hutsuls leave the pastures and come down to their homes.

The Hutsul is a highlanders ethnic group of Ukrainian origin. They live in the Carpathian valleys mainly in Zakarpatska Oblast (Region) in south-western Ukraine close to the Romanian border. The group strictly preserves its folklore traditions and rituals which is clearly visible during ceremonies like weddings, funerals and religious holidays.

Most of Hutsuls are sheep shepherds and spend a lot of their time working on vast pastures of Czarnohora mountain chain. Here you can see young Hutsuls as they finish daily activities ready for coming home together with their bigger friends - horses.

The photo has been taken close to the village of Yasinia which was recognized as the Hutsul’s capital in the past. In the distance you can see the mountain chain of Swidowiec covered with snow (May 2006).

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