The Hutterites are an Anabaptist group, along with the Amish and the Mennonites.
Jacob Hutter founded the religion in central Europe in the middle 1500s.
Males sit on one side of the room and the females on the other, with the oldest in the back.
After church services, for instance, the males file out first, with the oldest woman following the youngest boy (Hofer 1991, 1998).
This lasted for about a century before the czars forced them into the national schools and the military.
Today, they total about 45,000 members living in more than 400 colonies.They now have colonies in Montana and eastern Washington as well.Originally craftsmen, they turned to agriculture when the Industrial Revolution made their skills obsolete (Peter 1971).When the child is an infant, the mother's female relatives commonly visit and care for both the new mother and the infant.The mother is allowed time off from her regular duties to attend to the needs of her newborn infant and to recover from the pregnancy.