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In summer pastures: Romania's Csángó people

Photographer Peter Kollanyi spent some time earlier this month with a small community of Csángó people in Romania's Ghimes Mountains. EPA reports:

The Csángó people are a Hungarian ethnic group of Roman Catholic faith, living mostly in the Romanian region of Moldavia where they moved from Transylvania between the 12th and 17th century. A smaller group, however, lives in the Ghimes Mountains of Romania, where, from spring to late autumn, they move to summer cottages in the high mountain forests and pastures of the upper Tatros valley from their winter villages, where they herd animals and make dairy products. Their traditional language, Csángó, is an old Hungarian dialect which is still in use among the ethnic minority, though many of the Csángó people also speak Romanian. The Csángó-speaking population is estimated at about 60,000 in Romania. 

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A Ghimes Csángó man shuts his barn for the night in the Ghimes Mountains in Romania on June 7.

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A Ghimes Csángó woman makes cheese in her summer cottage in the Ghimes Mountains on June 8.

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Zoltan Antal, a blind Ghimes Csángó musician, plays the violin in his home in Lunca de Jos (Gyimeskozeplok in Hungarian), in the Ghimes region of Romania on June 6.

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A Ghimes Csángó family slaughters a pig in Lunca de Jos on June 6.

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Ghimes Csángó men sit in their summer cottage, where they make cheese, on June 10.

Read more about the Csángó people, and listen to some of their music, at National Geographic.