Welcome to Wilno’s Kashubian Heritage page.
The Kashubian history in the Wilno area started when the Kashub people immigrated to Canada in 1858. For the folks who do not know about the Kashub people or their history, here is a short Kashubian history lesson.
KASHUBIAN HISTORY 101
The word KASHUB defines the name of a group of Slavic people. They are a West Slavic ethnic group or tribe. They are people living on the shores of the Baltic Sea in Europe. Kashubs are Slavic and they are European. The word Kashub is the English spelling of the Kashubian word “Kaszëbi”.
KASHUBIAN is the name of the Kashub people’s native language, nationality, culture and identity. In the Kashubian language it is spelled “Kaszëbsczi”.
KASHUBIA is the home and native land of the Kashub people. In their native language, it is called “Kaszëbë” It is also referred to by the Kashub people as the Kashubian Fatherland (Kaszëbsczi Tatczëzna) in Europe.
Kashubia is located in Eastern Europe. Kashubia is located south of the Swedish homeland of Sweden, north of the Polish homeland of Poland, west of the German homeland of Germany and east of the Lithuanian homeland of Lithuania. The Kashub land stretches from the Kashubian capital city of Gdunsk, to as far as the German Capital of Berlin. It lies between the Odra River to the west and the Vistula River to the east. The whole north side borders the south shores of the Baltic Sea. The Kashubs, as other Slavs, settled on their land in the 6th century after Christ. This is the land where they developed their own Slavic language called Kashubian and created their own traditions, folklore, music, dance and cuisine. Their greatest asset is their written literature and history. This territory where the Kashubs settled is also called Pomeranian, which translates to “the people by the sea”. The Kashubs lived by the sea.
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