Kreevins

Kreevins
Total population
none
Regions with significant populations
 Latvia
Languages
Votic, Latvian
Religion
Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Votes

Kreevins were Votes who lived in the Latvian town of Bauska and spoke the Votic dialect. In the middle of the 19th century they merged with the surrounding Latvians,[1] although many traditional aspects of Votic culture are still preserved. The name krieviņi means "Russian" in the Latvian language.

History

The ancestors of the Kreevins were Votes who originally lived in Ingria. Vincke von Overbeg of the Teutonic Order took about 3,000 Votic prisoners of war during his attack of Ingria in 1444–1447. They were transferred to the town of Bauska to be used as laborers during the construction of Bauska Castle. Before this, plague had killed many of the original inhabitants. When the castle was finished, the Votes settled the area and became farmers. The first written record of them dates from 1636.[2] In 1805, there were estimated 1,200 Kreevins in Bauska and its surroundings, but according to local priest Karl Lutzau, five years later there were only 12–15 persons who could still speak the Votic language, all of whom were elders. Anders Johan Sjögren made a research trip to the area in 1846, and concluded that the Votic language had almost disappeared from the region. After this there are no records from living Kreevins. Ferdinand Johan Wiedemann, in 1871, was the first to prove a link between Votes and Kreevins.[3]

Culture

Many early ethnologists noted the distinctive clothing of Kreevins. Many of the clothing types used by Kreevins were also in use in Ingria. Men's clothing (kiut or kiuting) was embroidered with blue and red thread. Men's shirts were fastened with ribbon instead of buttons. Men also wore jackets (viita, viite, viiten) made of woolen fabric, possibly copied from Estonian immigrants who also lived in area. Typical Latvian clothing was also used. Kreevin women used headscarves similar to those used by Votes and Izhorians in Ingria. A decorated scarf was often worn on top of the headscarf. Younger girls had their hair plaited.[4]

Language

Language sample[5]
Lords Prayer
Meģģi ise taiwâs!
jadku elka śiwu śenna
tulap meģģi tiwi śivu riikki!
Śiwu meelle se iggau ka kui taiwâs ni kans ma bēli!
Meģģi arma leipe anna meli tennawa.
Ġedde meggi padudd, kui me jattim umili nisi meli jad!
Elas meite kurja sad.
Śewon wodse kurģe miusse erre
Jo siula kalpap śiwu kikki śiwu appi un śiwu üwiwi śewonśe śewonśe.
Amen!

People

Latvian poet Janis Rainis had Kreevin ancestry.[6]

References

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