Meet the Hutterites: Was bringing King Colony to the masses a mistake?

Meet the Hutterites is supposed to be a glimpse into the world of the Hutterites, but not everyone seems to appreciate the attempt to make the views of this religion more public.

Meet the Hutterites came to the National Geographic Channel promising an insider’s view to the colony’s way of life, which seemed like an interesting chance for viewers to learn more about the religion and “meet” some of the members of the faith. But, not everyone is seeing things eye-to-eye regarding the “reality” presented in the early episodes.

Some Huliq readers, claiming to be Hutterites themselves, commented on why King Colony may have agreed to do the show:

  • Anonymous: “I am a Hutterite living on a colony in Manitoba...The reason they are doing this? It could be more or less because they want to get the message and perspective out of who and what Hutterites really are. No; don’t color us all with the same brush, but personally, for me, I enjoy showing and telling the outside world who and what I am. There is nothing freakish about our trends or rituals; everything we have and do is sensible, even if outsiders would not necessarily agree with it. I sometimes feel like outsiders get the wrong impression about us, maybe because of a bad influence one or more of my fellow members might have somewhere...But I still like to do my part in showing who we really are.”
  • Anonymous: “Are they doing it for the sake of becoming Hollywood Television stars? Yes, I have an issue with that; exploiting my heritage for fame and fortune, even by a member of my own kind, would in my opinion by doing something for the wrong reason. Having said that; it has been done before. There are a few documentary productions that have been made where outsiders are invited to come into the community for a week or two. As far as I'm concerned, I think it answers a few questions, and clears a few opinions outsiders have about us.”

However, following the airing of another episode, just a few days later, one of the anonymous commenters posted the following:

“I take back my words: I was on the impression that these folks might be doing it for a better reason than they obviously are...The show is an embarrassment to Hutterites and the Hutterite lifestyle. Shame on King Colony and National Geographics. Total disgrace.”

And, other readers, also calling themselves Hutterites, were angered by the show, as well:

  • Herb: “These people are a disaster!!! I call them HINO's, Hutterites In Name Only!! Shame, shame, double shame!!! Making a mockery of themselves and the lives they are supposed to be living!! They have no class, no character, pitiful!!! As for Natgeotv, they are classless, characterless clowns who are purposefully and knowingly perpetrating a mockery and a lie to further there sick and perverse agenda. They did limited research on their subject because they are not interested in the truth. As a true Hutterite it angers me!! God have mercy on them.”
  • Anonymous: I am a Hutterite living on a colony in Manitoba...What a disgrace, a shameful disgrace. This show is entertainment, but that is it. These folks have absolutely no resemblance to Hutterites other than having a similar dress-code. Morals, ethics, lifestyle...theyre gone. Just gone. No wonder they're not accepted by one of the 3 Hutterian Churches. These aren't Hutterites; simply entertainment. When is the next show coming out? I can't wait.”

Does King Colony Regret Meet the Hutterites?

Following some of the not-so-glowing comments, this anonymous message appeared:

“This community temporarily lost sight of who they are and allowed themselves to be swayed by a secular organization who were obviously on their own agenda, with seemingly no thought that an entire people are hurt by this. King Ranch leadership now deeply regrets their actions, and know that the money they got was not worth what they're experiencing now. I'm praying some good will come of this, but I can't imagine what it might be.”

Although this anonymous commenter spoke with authority about King Colony, it is not confirmed that, indeed, this individual was speaking for the colony or those involved with the show. However, it does raise the question, did the Hutterites of King Colony understand what they were opening themselves—and other Hutterites—up to when they signed on to do this National Geographic reality television show?

One reader may have summed up the situation perfectly:

“Wrong title, it should be ‘Exploit the Hutterites.’”

Will viewers agree? And will they keep coming back to Meet the Hutterites?

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Ex-Hutterite gives personal testimony about colony life

Meet the Hutterites airs on Tuesdays on the National Geographic Channel at 10 p.m E/P.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Comments

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
I respect the beliefs of the Hutterites in king colony,i wish more people were as open to their lifestyle.I would welcome the thought of having a hutterite colony in my backyard.to those that refer this colony as the "hutterite" shame on you! You make that sound as if you are calling an animal.when we all xlose our eyes & see nothing but darkness, it makes us all the same. If I could convert to becoming a member of the king colony I would

Submitted by Heather (not verified) on
National Geographic is not exploiting anyone. This is not a staged comedy/tragedy show. This is a colony. Just normal people with their own set of beliefs with the same innate struggles we all have. I think Americans, including myself, had this "pure, gentle, loving, type of people, that practice Pacifism" image in our minds of the Hutterites. This is NOT the case on all colonies. One thing a very close Hutterite friend told me was this, "the Sheppard leads the flock". In Hutterite world...this means, "the preacher leads the whole"....thus not all leaders are born leaders...or can handle control as well. I think we should all just watch the series, take it as it is, not judge them for their ways...and just let them be. I also think that Hutterites do need to accept the reality that the colony is NOT this pure Heaven as they want the world to see it as....we are all human....humans do get tempted...do have relationship issues...fall in love...etc..

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
I couldnt agree with you more,let them be,im not here to judge them,im simply saying that when you open your life to the public,unfortunatley you instantly get judged,it's sad that in todays world there is so much ignorance,we are not perfect,no one is,we all have faults.i dont understand that if people have such nasty hateful comments then why watch?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
thanks for commenting like this, it takes an open minded person to speak as clearly as you have, and i am a hutterite.... :)

Submitted by Heather (not verified) on
You are welcome. I have some amazing Hutterite friends that have helped me understand.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree with your accurate assessment. I am sure I have more, not less respect for the Hutterites after watching Meet the Hutterites.

Submitted by khiori (not verified) on
My husband and I have been watching the show, and are always interested in learning about different cultures. We are finding it fascinating. We are not laughing at the Hutterites. I have to say I'm glad I'm not a Hutterite, the life style wouldn't suit me. My first impression is they play a valuable role in our farming community (I researched a bit online). Second, is that their limited interaction with the outside world really didn't prepare them for what to expect from this decision to be filmed. Honestly, I don't think too many people are actually watching this. It is not a highly rated cable show. Everyone is gaga over the Hatfields and McCoys right now. Asking around my work and NO ONE else is watching Meet the Hutterites. For the Hutterites, this too shall pass.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
People should choose their words more wisely,you say that you are glad you are not a Hutterite,and please notice,that is spelled with a capital "H".then you say you find the show fascinating, but yet as well you mention in your opinion that not many people watch it but yet when you are at work everyone's asking if they have seen the show?sounds popular to me.the hutterites in my opinion are important in farming yes,BUT,dont flatter yourself,they arent slaves.keep watching! I love the support you are giving,by the way,you'r ignorance of words chosen,im sure that their colony is as well happy you are not a Htterite,they are prod of who they are

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think you misread the comment you referenced. It doesn't say everyone at work is talking about the show. Read again. It says, everyone was talking about the Hatfields and McCoys show. Also, you sound angry. Are you angry? Why?

Submitted by jamiesumner56 (not verified) on
What is it that the King Colony hutterites have done that has so angered the rest of the hutterite community? I am surprised by how easy it is to relate to the characters on the show. The only issues I can imagine would be the drinking and the VERY light swearing. Hutterites, that isn't what should embarrass you, condemning King Colony for such trifles is something to be ashamed of. Striking a balance between change and tradition is a problem faced by all social groups on all levels. And at least the King Colony teenagers aren't exposed having sex (i am not naive enough to think that any group of teenagers doesn't, but be thankful it isn't on the show) and they aren't smoking pot, and its just a shame that the already small world of these people might be made smaller when they get shunned by the rest of you for not putting on a harder front.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
I am SO elated that sumone FINALLY!,got the point of what I have been saying:):)you hit the whole thing right on the head of the nail,hurray,for you.You couldnt be more right,im not a hutturite&good graciouse I hate seeming like im labeling them(a hutterit)i will never understand why people are so angry with them.why?because they have a "colony"excuse me,in the english world we are seperated by way more,we have "neighborhoods","gated COMMUNITIES",h.o.a's,and so on & so on,if any one were to open their life to the world WE are called a reality show where they script what we have to say,at least the hutterites keep it real. I read what the producer said.so they dont show the negative things,so what,but they do explain to the world what happens if those laws are broken.thats what makes this enlish life so sick,it's that kind of stuff that excites them

Submitted by Renee Tschetter/Ray (not verified) on
As a Ex-Hutterite I am So disappointed in the way the members of King colony Portrayed the Hutterite church as a whole. What a disappointment and embarrassment! The members of king colony had the Opportunity of a lifetime To show how the Hutterites live and whats important to their belief. The picture they painted about the Hutterites and their culture is completely contradicted in the show.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
I am sorry to hear of you'r dissapointment as an ex-hutterite,please explain how king colony portrayed their church so negativley.with all do respect, I am confused,all ive seen is how their church does not allow for an unwed couple to be together before marrige/baptism,as well as their belief in going to school beyond a certain age I appre,iate your comment very much,and would like to say thank you once again.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Christine, might I say you seem to have to much time on your hands? You are not allowing anyone to have a point of view other then yours and you have a egotistical need to reply everywhere. Also, your grammar and typing skills certainly need some polishing....it's hard to read or take seriously with all the misspelled words, overuse of commas and lack of proper spacing. Just saying....

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
This is in response to the annonomys posting directed to me at the end of last month,titled,to much time on your hands.if I may start out by saying that I am sorry for giving such negative opinions about me,i never meant for it to seem as though no one elses opinions matter,as for having to much time on my hands,you are so right,i couldnt agree more,you see ive just spent the last two years of enduring horrific abuse,being locked up,not "allowed" to talk to anyone,having to wake up in the morning and answer if I want to be slapped or punched as my punishment for the day,& if I didnt give an answer ad soon as I opened my eyes,then I got it both,the fear of knowing I tried escaping the wrath of his hands many times,he found me & literally drug me out while everyone watched,then the faitful day came when he tried to kill me,i waited a long time to go to trial only to find out in the long run he beat the system & was released on 5 yrs probation,so yes annonomys I do have to much time on my hands because once again im locked up in my world,afraid of going out,being hhome alone. Just one more thing,as I know that some of my words are misspelled,im simply only using a smart phone,maybe its time I should just continue to read, and not respond anymore,i am deeply sorry if I have given anyone the same view

Your point of view is as important as anyone's on Huliq, and we want to welcome you to continue posting; we would hate to see you leave. Please feel free to click on my name and drop me a line directly, and we can discuss, if you like. Much respect--Mechele

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
I am sorry to hear of you'r dissapointment as an ex-hutterite,please explain how king colony portrayed their church so negativley.with all do respect, I am confused,all ive seen is how their church does not allow for an unwed couple to be together before marrige/baptism,as well as their belief in going to school beyond a certain age I appre,iate your comment very much,and would like to say thank you once again.

Submitted by Danny (not verified) on
I feel so bad for the women of the colony, the men should thank god they have such wonderful ladies to put up with them, any one I know wouldn't. To tell a lady that she is good only to breed with, cook, clean and make a home for the man is wrong on so many levels. I thought god saw all of us as equals? I am married to a very educated lady that has a career, and she takes care of me too. I am a disabled veteran with no hip, but still do most of the house work. I would not think for a moment that my wife should work all day then come home and cook, clean house, and do the laundry. I would be so bored if I was a woman in this colony! Those men should listen to the ladies a lot more, I just love Ms Bertha. I pray for you and your family. I was so sadden to learn Bertha's husband died by his own hand, hope it was not because of some close minded elders remarks and judgements! Bertha, your hair looks great!!! Keep doing what your

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
As we all respect the opinion of another,lets try to remember that we all have our own beliefs,sometime's all we have to do is look through our eyes,& understand that its ones way of life they are accustome in their beliefs to. I can say that unfortunatley my father also took his own life,it's a horrible issue to deal with,it was veru kind of you to address your kindness.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
To truly understand why we are so upset about this might be very hard for you to understand. You can not see through the eyes off Hutterite unless you where born one. Some things are hard to explain . We are a community simular to the Amish . We are brought up and raised in a strict life style. What bugs is one thing we where thought in to respect your elders. But are you can clearly see those people don't do that they swear at the elders and they break away a religion that our mother and for fathers shed blood for. They are a crying share to our religion they are not hutterites they are a group off people who are hutterites by name only . And we are also up set that National Geographic took the back door into our community asking people for access that have totally no say so. Are upset and that they have branded us by showing the world a group of people that we will get judged by . Like i said to under stand a hutterite you must see the world as one and you must walk in our shoes .Its easy to sit and judge people buy something you dont under stand .

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
First let me say I apologize for not being more clear.i did not mean to look through the eyes of a hutterite,what I meant was,that insyead of using such a hatred,pay attention,look,take in everything,dont judge just because your such a feeble minded person.i hope maybe I cleared thing up. I am sorry how ngeo has tri,ked king colony,as I must end so abruptly,we are fixn to get severe storms,my reception rightnow is bad because of it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
thanks you really are a good person i respect you

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
First let me say I apologize for not being more clear.i did not mean to look through the eyes of a hutterite,what I meant was,that insyead of using such a hatred,pay attention,look,take in everything,dont judge just because your such a feeble minded person.i hope maybe I cleared thing up. I am sorry how ngeo has tri,ked king colony,as I must end so abruptly,we are fixn to get severe storms,my reception rightnow is bad because of it.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
First let me say I apologize for not being more clear.i did not mean to look through the eyes of a hutterite,what I meant was,that insyead of using such a hatred,pay attention,look,take in everything,dont judge just because your such a feeble minded person.i hope maybe I cleared thing up. I am sorry how ngeo has tri,ked king colony,as I must end so abruptly,we are fixn to get severe storms,my reception rightnow is bad because of it.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
First let me say I apologize for not being more clear.i did not mean to look through the eyes of a hutterite,what I meant was,that insyead of using such a hatred,pay attention,look,take in everything,dont judge just because your such a feeble minded person.i hope maybe I cleared thing up. I am sorry how ngeo has tri,ked king colony,as I must end so abruptly,we are fixn to get severe storms,my reception rightnow is bad because of it.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
First let me say I apologize for not being more clear.i did not mean to look through the eyes of a hutterite,what I meant was,that insyead of using such a hatred,pay attention,look,take in everything,dont judge just because your such a feeble minded person.i hope maybe I cleared thing up. I am sorry how ngeo has tri,ked king colony,as I must end so abruptly,we are fixn to get severe storms,my reception rightnow is bad because of it.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
First let me say I apologize for not being more clear.i did not mean to look through the eyes of a hutterite,what I meant was,that insyead of using such a hatred,pay attention,look,take in everything,dont judge just because your such a feeble minded person.i hope maybe I cleared thing up. I am sorry how ngeo has tri,ked king colony,as I must end so abruptly,we are fixn to get severe storms,my reception rightnow is bad because of it.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
First let me say I apologize for not being more clear.i did not mean to look through the eyes of a hutterite,what I meant was,that insyead of using such a hatred,pay attention,look,take in everything,dont judge just because your such a feeble minded person.i hope maybe I cleared thing up. I am sorry how ngeo has tri,ked king colony,as I must end so abruptly,we are fixn to get severe storms,my reception rightnow is bad because of it.

Submitted by Heather (not verified) on
Hi. Nice to meet you! I don't judge you. You are you and your colony is your colony. King Colony is King Colony. If I were a Hutterite during this time of publicity...this is what I would do...."lay low in the grass and let the cloud pass"....as you lay in the grass....look at what you can learn from this. Is there a half-truth coming thru King Colony that touches you? Is there issues that you see in your colony that could progress to get to the point of King Colony? Use them as an example of what you DO NOT WANT. Maybe it is just a little message from someone special that we all hold in common as a divine gentle leader... Then....jump up from the grass.....don't read all of the garbage...and focus on all that is good...beautiful....pretty...happy...productive.....and make your colony into one that the Bishops will be pleased to see... Just my take on it all... p.s (I just Love the Hutterites) ...........:)

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
Oh my goodness:),,,,,all those repeated messages of mine!how funny,we had bad weather,i didnt realize it was going to make my phone go crazy!:)Lol. Now let me start out by saying that I think that others are taking this time as a perfect opportunity to "push" off what is going on within their own lives,everyone is so busy condeming king colony that t it has been to easy to be ignored. There is so much angst toward the king colony its awful,i feel for them.as I would miss watching them,i would not blame king colony if they do not return & what a shame,i feel as I have made new friends in my livingroom.king colony IS being judged harshly,if you ask me,they are the ones who should feel so upset,betrayed.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think it is a matter of personal opion. Please do not get upset I love this show, and I think it is good for the colony and could bring in a small income to the colony? I think you are taking this too personal!!

Submitted by Rebecca (not verified) on
I totally agree with you I love this show..

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I really admire the community spirit of the Hutterites, how they all work together to make their colony succussful....but as a christian, I disagree with making the rules of men (dress, education, independent thoughts, choice of future) made to be the rules of God. Unfortunately, many christian sects have this problem, where one or a few men run everything and no one can make a choice apart from their direction or rules. That is what makes a cult. There is freedom in Christ to follow HIS plan for our life, no a million rules of do and do not. We can do nothing to save ourselves or keep our salvation. God does not make cookie cutter christians. That said, freedom does not mean freedom to sin, but freedom to follow His path for our life.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I really admire the community spirit of the Hutterites, how they all work together to make their colony succussful....but as a christian, I disagree with making the rules of men (dress, education, independent thoughts, choice of future) made to be the rules of God. Unfortunately, many christian sects have this problem, where one or a few men run everything and no one can make a choice apart from their direction or rules. That is what makes a cult. There is freedom in Christ to follow HIS plan for our life, no a million rules of do and do not. We can do nothing to save ourselves or keep our salvation. God does not make cookie cutter christians. That said, freedom does not mean freedom to sin, but freedom to follow His path for our life.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The only ppl I see juding or being rude are other hutterites.

Submitted by Danny (not verified) on
I hope my last post was not viewed as negitive towards the hutterites, I just love the show and the people on the show. I have a hard time with men thinking and treating women as a 2nd class person, with no earthly value but to tend to the cooking , cleaning, and having children. I lost both my parents at the age of 8yrs old, and was awarded to the state. They placed me in a military school during the school year, and many different foster homes too. I was placed in a Amish family for a summer when I was 13yrs old, and they were wonderful p eople,they truly taught me a side of life most catholics would never get a chance to try. I wonder why the suicide rate is so high in males in the hutterite community? Do you think it is the pressure from the church elders, or a feeling that they can no longer live the life, and take thier life instead of bringing shame by not being a compliant as a hutterite? I am so sorry to hear your father also took his life, I lost a wife the same way years ago, the hurt never goes away. God bless you and your family

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Mister Danny just to inform you in the hutterite community the suicide rate is very low there have probably been 6 suicide deaths in the last ten years

Submitted by Simon (not verified) on
Your perception of Hutterite men's treatment of their womenfolk as portrayed by Nat/Geo is typical why Hutterites feel betrayed by this series. May I present my view & how I conducted myself in my marriage as a 64 year old happily married Hutterite. After God created Adam & realized he needed a helpmeet, He created Eve for him, not from Adam's head so he could lord it over Eve. Neither did He create her from Adam's feet that Adam treat her as a foot-rag. No, He created her from Adam's side to indicate to us we treat them as our equal. To love, honor, respect & cherish them. When my wife needed help with household chores when our family was young, I was there for her, merely fulfilling my marriage vows. I'm certain there are countless Hutterite men doing the very same. That is reality & not Nat/Geo portrayal. Thankyou for this opportunity & may the Peace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
Mr. Simon,may peace be with you:) I have to say how very touched I was or am by the statement you made,wait. Let me correct myself, rather then it be a statement, that is gods way,and please,im not happy to hear that just because I am a female,it's because I to feel we as partners should be as equal.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
Thank you for your post,id like to admit that I read your first column negativley,but thank you for clearing that up for me,as I lnow that I come off ad veru shory,i do not mean to. What I meant by my reply to your post was that we all have our own beliefs,while it's hard for you to understand their ways,i am sure it is the same for the hutterite.I am very happy that you were able to find such happiness in your life with your wife:) it's amazing how kind words can make a person feel& i'd like to thank you for your kindness. It is amazing how we grow into our own beings,ive been on the streets since I was 12,i am knw 44, I never sold myself in any way,i managed to get a high school diplomawork and support myself.ive been through bouts of horrific abuse and overcame that,& all in all,this harsh world we live in everything that I know,i have taught myself,i had no guidance,maybe thats why its so easy for me to be "open minded" so to speak:)

Submitted by andy paul (not verified) on
i am greatly touched by what you just wrote i have no idea what it must have been like. i Am so proud that there are still so many good people in this world. Now a days when you read the news all you hear is about murder justice and politics. What cant we hear about the good in this world and forget about the bad so to speak?

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
I read once that we should all enjoy the differences instilled upon us all,which I believe to be so true.the last episode of the kids from king colony wanting to get permission to use the colony vehicle was enjoyable to watch.if people would look at things the way Toby did,ya know,like how he said that the kids work just as hard as the adults,so in trust they would use good judgement,he let them go. This is when things get to be very hard for me to understand,the judgemental ways of others,i dont get it. My opinion,king colony,i enjoy your company:).& oh yea,,,,Wesley,i'd "hook ya":),,,,,if I werent an english girl,no disrespect intended :):):)

Submitted by John G (not verified) on
Me as a Hutterite, know that this flm is a total disgrace to the true Hutterite way of life, they have no respect for the way of life in a Hutterite Community, if they did they would not be doing this. I would suggest anyone watching these episodes and believeing everything what they see or hear, and everything that's done, should contact a true Hutterite and find out the real truth.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
With all do respect,does anyone know the truth about others? I dont think so,thats why we have a conscience,for those that arent honest,kharma follows behind,BUT, I believe that if you dont give the benefit of doubt then you'll never have trust or faith, I dont know, maybe that makes me naieve

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
From an ex-hutterite's view, I can honestly say the show portrays the hutterite accurately. I really don't know what all the upheaval is about. So it shows a bit of swearing, as if hutterites don't? really get off ur high horse.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Anyone that is Hutterite or has ever had anything to do with them and does not realize that 3/4 of the show is staged is pretty dense...while the storyline is based on typical hutterite issues the actors reactions to the whole thing are ridiculous and embarrassing ...being of Hutterite background it is offensive and at the same time an awe that some of us have fallen so low.. National Geografic sure picked the right place..

Submitted by Phil Wesson (not verified) on
I love the show. I love three people I love the show. I think the people are wonderful. Any problems the other self righteous Hutterites have with the show says more about themselves. They live under the strict guidelines and still enjoy life. I believe you would be hard pressed to have better friends or neighbors. I like that the community survives without perversion like many communal societies seem to fall into. Hutterites I love you.

Submitted by Phil Wesson (not verified) on
I love the show. I love three people I love the show. I think the people are wonderful. Any problems the other self righteous Hutterites have with the show says more about themselves. They live under the strict guidelines and still enjoy life. I believe you would be hard pressed to have better friends or neighbors. I like that the community survives without perversion like many communal societies seem to fall into. Hutterites I love you.

Submitted by Phil Wesson (not verified) on
I love the show. I love three people I love the show. I think the people are wonderful. Any problems the other self righteous Hutterites have with the show says more about themselves. They live under the strict guidelines and still enjoy life. I believe you would be hard pressed to have better friends or neighbors. I like that the community survives without perversion like many communal societies seem to fall into. Hutterites I love you.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
My daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching and learning about the Hutterite life. We have been amazed by complexities of balancing tradition and modern progress. Some embrace the technology and modern conveniences while other seem to fear it. Our saddest observation was having to witness the concession of education versus the Hutterite woman training. It's a real shame that a compromise couldn't be found, training during the summer months, or after completing a their high school education. We do wish more about the life style had been shown, courting rituals, or even more references to the religious beliefs. We came to watch to learn, as we have in the past lived in communities with Amish and Mennonite. We have especially enjoyed Claudia's spirit. She's bright, strong willed and a beautiful young lady.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
My daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching and learning about the Hutterite life. We have been amazed by complexities of balancing tradition and modern progress. Some embrace the technology and modern conveniences while other seem to fear it. Our saddest observation was having to witness the concession of education versus the Hutterite woman training. It's a real shame that a compromise couldn't be found, training during the summer months, or after completing a their high school education. We do wish more about the life style had been shown, courting rituals, or even more references to the religious beliefs. We came to watch to learn, as we have in the past lived in communities with Amish and Mennonite. We have especially enjoyed Claudia's spirit. She's bright, strong willed and a beautiful young lady.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
My daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching and learning about the Hutterite life. We have been amazed by complexities of balancing tradition and modern progress. Some embrace the technology and modern conveniences while other seem to fear it. Our saddest observation was having to witness the concession of education versus the Hutterite woman training. It's a real shame that a compromise couldn't be found, training during the summer months, or after completing a their high school education. We do wish more about the life style had been shown, courting rituals, or even more references to the religious beliefs. We came to watch to learn, as we have in the past lived in communities with Amish and Mennonite. We have especially enjoyed Claudia's spirit. She's bright, strong willed and a beautiful young lady.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Please stop telling these people they are a disgrace!! stop telling these people how to live and what to say and do!! you should be a shamed of your selfves and live and let live.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I LOVE this show... It gives us a glimpse into the lifes of a tradition that has been going on for over a hundred and fifty years... They show us the way that other cultures live and how that hard work and that family can function in todays society... Great show... Please bring more of the Hutterites....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I have enjoyed watching this show. Although it seems funng at times. because these people are dfferent, have different beliefs and agendas. However, I think the one thing we all should take from them is that they are a community. I find it imressing that if one needs help, one can make a phone call and some one will be willing to help. Where in the "English" world can one count on some one helping out. The "English world is so abut "ME" and "MINE" that no none else matters.Instead of poking fun at these people we should be trying to see what we can learn from them. Whether you agree with their lifestyle, beliefs,styles I think we all can learn something from them. And by no means am I saying that we should emulate these people, but learn something.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I really love this show, and I hope that this tv show will never end...that it will always continue..every season, I would miss it

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
Go for second season,i would like to see that as well.:)

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
Thank you,it's nice to be back:),i guess that's what this bulletin is all about,debating judgements of one another.i love watching the hutterites,as a matter of fact I recently came upon a website of two hutterite colonies in montana,the one was king colony,i retreived mrs. ritas e-mail add,as it was offered,and I will be purchasing a "quillow" and hopefully morethings,i fully intend to support the hutterite colony(king colony)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It appears to me that the Hutterites are hard-working, productive people who love God. They are normal, just like the people outside their colony. WE AIN'T perfect, people. We struggle with jealousy, anger, frustration, judging,forgiveness, love, peace...the whole spectrum. If we were perfect, Jesus wouldn't have had much to do when He was here, but enjoy the scenery. Why do we think that real human beings, regardless of how they dress or talk, don't struggle with the same? That is naive to think. I feel it is refreshing to know that I'm not the only imperfect person who calls myself a Christian. We are just trying to do our best and count on Jesus (faith) to take care of the rest.

Submitted by tonya (not verified) on
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show! The people are great. I knew absolutely nothing about the Hutterities until I watched. I've read that the show is nothing like how it really is... well whatever the case may be.... its the characters who make the show what it is. They are good people and I have really enjoyed getting to know them each week. I wish you all nothing but the best!!

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
How nicely put,I myself knew nothing about the hutterites before the "show" I have done some reading up on how hutterite life is sad to say it looks like natgeo has made it out to be what it isnt in some ways,well maybe alot of ways. Please forgive me for sounding ignorant,to my confusion,i dont get why the hutterites are judged so harshly,i mean we all live very different,so I guess no one understands how others live.just as im sure we as english live is foreign to hutterites(maybe not)anyway I myself have enjoyed learning

Submitted by Dana (not verified) on
I am thankful that this show is on the air. We all make mistakes and I feel letting us "English" see that the Hutterites work daily on being good Christians, and keep their families together. We all fail at times. It makes me feel I can do better too. We are all humans. Living for a long time close to a Hutterite Colony in Montana, I had a wonderful relationship with a Colony and the ranch I worked for hired Hutterite young men. This show is real, nothing hidden. I have been raised Quaker all my life, but if there is a single Hutterite man on the King Ranch Colony who would accept an "English" wife, I would be proud to call King Ranch Colony my home.

Submitted by christine from ... (not verified) on
I would be proud to be a neighbor to a hutterite colonny,I know that I would trust living .next door to a colony rather than next to a doctor,lawyer,etc. etc. I gasp at the thought of claudia even thinking of leaving the colony to go to college,I mean good for her wanting a higher education,but I dont think that shes looking beyond the school,it's such A shame that I can say as A female English person. That out here it goes so much further beyond,there's murder,rape,assaults,home invasions,domestic violence,stalking,and it goes on & on.My opinion shes not aware of how reaally hateful & scary it can be in the english world.I guess what im trying to day is that she has a loving family and surrounded by other family members,shes in a great place & its one that I appreciate very muchr

Submitted by Andrew (not verified) on
So far, in the dozen or so respondents claiming to be Hutterites, all I've read is how disappointed they are with the show's portrayal & National Geographic. Despite their condemnation, not a single one has provided us with exactly what they are so offended by. Please only respond if you're a Hutterite: I would LOVE to know what aspect(s) of the show (please list all) upset(s) you. What is/are the parts that are inaccurate? This is a forum, your chance to clear up the misconceptions... so take advantage of that and help us non-Hutterites to understand what is inaccurate... Is it the conflicts portrayed in the show? How they have outbursts among themselves? The flagrant drinking by the youth? The sneaking around with the dress making? The law breaking? The parties? The temptations to leave? The laziness/unwillingness of some of the members? Please don't just say "yes... all of those" explain what the issue is and what the reality is in your eyes so that we may understand. Ok, now for my feedback: I enjoyed the show. Sadly I missed the first 5 episodes but I've watched 6-10. The characters seem to behave like normal youth living under strict rule and rebelling. The astonishing thing if anything that I took away from the show is how worked up the characters got over what would appear (to an outsider) to be trivial issues. I was also struck by the lack of education and condemnation of any pursuit of it. Quite frankly, some of the characters seemed almost "slow." The colony may need a little more education (at least to grade 12). I was quite surprised how much drinking is done on the colony. I recognize these were only the youth, and likely due to the rebellious age they are at, but the fact they had regular get-togethers in the barn, and the fact they had a beer pong table was pretty surprising to me. I was equally surprised how self sufficient they were when it came to the fire. How they quickly called on their own, dawned professional firefighting gear and had their own fire truck. Some questions on that... are they part of a rural detachment of firefighters funded by the state or is that all their own equipment? Another question stemming from that... Clearly the brothers have some firefighter training, why was the community so against some of the women being trained in basic paramedic tactics? This only seems logical, and no different than the firefighting. One last quick question... how do the youth in the community earn/acquire petty spending money? The boys have money to buy beer, the girls had money to buy material for dresses in town... but I'm under the impression the Money Boss handles all matters of $ and approves of any expenses. I'm also under the impression the community is communal with their earnings... so how do individuals get pocket money for town? Is there an 'allowance' of sorts? While the show isn't exactly riveting, it is entertaining and despite all of the criticism it's seemed to attract, I feel they were successful in delivering some key points to the audience, i.e. enough to clear up many major mis-conceptions about Hutterites. Here's what I took away from the show: 1) Hutterite way of life is not a cult 2) They are free to leave (albeit condemned/shuned for doing so) 3) They chose their partners (not arranged) 4) They are Christians 5) They are not like the Amish 6) They pay taxes 7) The dress is part of their beliefs 8) They are not thieves etc. Assuming all of these 'facts' portrayed are true according to other Hutterites, I would suggest the show has been a success. The rest of the content (drama) quite frankly is just window dressing to keep the show interesting enough for the viewers to continue watching and actually hold their attention long enough to get those facts out. I realize this post is getting long so I'll try to wrap up here with some final thoughts... It's pretty clear the elders are (for the most part) not shown on camera. Realizing this, the show is primarily focused on the youth in the colony. For those Hutterites who have condemned the show, it's likely because this isn't accurately portraying the entire colony, just it's youth (<25) and their antics. I may be exposing my ignorance here, but if National Geographic set out to film the daily life of Hutterites behaving; that is farming, tending cows, baking bread and abiding by the rules... you wouldn't have a commercially viable television show and you certainly wouldn't have a show with an audience. If the show was just designed to relay the messages of Hutterite life, it wouldn't take an entire series, it could be an hour special to highlight the rules and lifestyle... and again you probably wouldn't get many people to watch it. So I suspect all of the drama NG included (and the Hutterites find offensive) is included to actually make a show out of it. For better or for worse in the eyes of the Hutterite community, I think it's a matter of either getting the word out with a bunch of unnecessary drama, or no show at all with continued ignorance. Finally, the the point of NG including drama to make the show viable... keep in mind they would film countless hours of tape, most of ending up on the cutting room floor. The show is a collection of all of the drama that plays out in a much longer period of time to make the show interesting enough to hold the viewers attention. Also as a viewer, be cognizant that the way in which editing is done can take things out of context and make them appear in a light that suits the editors agenda. This means making mountains out of molehills, skewing the responses of people, and appear to alter reality. I'm not suggesting this is ok, or respectable... and perhaps this is what the Hutterites are so upset over... but as a viewer, it's your responsibility to take what you see with a grain of salt... The King Colony may be a normal Hutterite community but you're forced to view them through the directors lens and you're only shown what NG allows you to be shown in a way they want you to see it. Keep that in mind! Happy viewing!

Submitted by shelia (not verified) on
I love the show and this shows the rest of us how they live , we are all interested, I wouldnt mind changing my life to theres. Can I join? The gentleman are a handsome lot. And I can pluke a chicken like nobodies business. I would love the simple life.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am a outsider and at first i really liked the show because i loved to see how the hutterites lived. I would love to live like them. But once i started watching more of the show, i started feeling different. I disliked the bad language they used, I disliked that they drank, smoked and acted crazy. If that is what a hutterite is then i change my mind. I feel bad for the others who do not live like that and are hutterite. TO me those on the show really seemed like acters protraying hutterites.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am a outsider and at first i really liked the show because i loved to see how the hutterites lived. I would love to live like them. But once i started watching more of the show, i started feeling different. I disliked the bad language they used, I disliked that they drank, smoked and acted crazy. If that is what a hutterite is then i change my mind. I feel bad for the others who do not live like that and are hutterite. TO me those on the show really seemed like acters protraying hutterites.

Submitted by andrew (not verified) on
I am a hutterite. you are one of the few who see why we dont like the show and we are not like the show them people on that show have been kicked out of the church...

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