repopulated local group in an isolated valley
around 300 people
simple, rural village life individual property
Promotion of traditional life practices and local social relationships
New settler on old land
In the middle of Slovakia lies Z., a secluded valley rife with primordial forests and meadows, which suffers the same fate as many other rural areas. With the end of a decentralised and small-scale economy era, the region quickly lost its appeal for workers and later on all its residents. In the early 1990s Z., mainly consisting of a val- ley with scattered farms, reached a historic low of only 190 residents, the local school and grocery shop had already been closed years earlier. Those who remained were, as is often the case, older people and a few who mistrusted a supposedly better life in the city. Most of Z.’s former residents emi- grated to a large city 30 km away, where work, disco and shopping is to be had. Another reason for local men to relocate was a lack of women in the valley, since hardly any would stay there or find their ...