National Geographic : 1970 Jul
pacifism. They are large-scale farmers and ranchers and raise large families. To live and work their way requires room and a friendly atmosphere-things that have not always been easy for them to find. Heading up toward the high coulees, we were treated to a vision of open splendor-a world away from the high-strung urban giants of today with their rumbling tunnels and eight-lane speedways. A delicate sheen of frost rested like a piece Shepherd of a devoted flock, preacher Paul Walter leads evening prayer at the Spring Creek, Montana, Hutterite colony. In a schoolroom that now serves as sanctuary, the congregation sits according to age and sex-youngest in front, females to the right. The Hutterites share all worldly goods, and members of each settlement live together as one family. Fleeing persecution in central Europe and Russia, the pacifist sect sought asylum in the United States in the 1870's.