Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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Cultural Associations

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Living in an urban city environment would create a need for mutual support among migrants from Tzoumerka. From the late 1960s the people or Tzoumerka would migrate internally and choose major cities as their destination. People came together because of a common sense of belonging which was expressed institutionally with the establishment of cultural associations and brotherhoods. Cultural associations would actively organise and engage in events and activities with the aim to renew and strengthen the bonds between community members. Through a set of customs and practices such as the μεντάτι (mentati) and the νυχτέρι (nihteri) a sense of solidarity is shared among members and offers the opportunity to socialise. According to Raptis a Brotherhood is “affiliated with the process of assimilation and strives to create the conditions that will help to preserve cultural identity and transfer cultural elements to newer members. Dance clubs are formed to precisely serve this purpose. The most important however chain link is the publication an Association’s magazines and newspapers. The editor’s note in the Michalitsioton Brotherhood’s magazine professes this following goal “through these pages we aim to bring together the elements of popular culture from our village and everything else that was safeguarded thorughout whirlwind of time. Our goal is to find our roots and to understand our progress over the course of centuries”.