Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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Material life and Culture

The geographical landscape of an area is incorporated into every society. Historical terms define a society’s dialectical relationship with nature which is reflected in the place. In the region of Tzoumerka this dialectical relationship between society and nature is reflected primarily in the arrangement of residences. The inhabitants of mountain regions organize their communities on a model of displacement and mobility aiming at the best use of the region’s natural resources. This model is directly related to two primary production sectors (i.e. agriculture and livestock). While the dispersed arrangement of residences characterizes the majority of settlements it does not remove the feelings of unity and cohesion that distinguish the members of these communities. This collective ethos reflects both in  public and private life.

Alongside the primary production activities a set of seasonal professional activities evolved over time to support the former. In some cases these professional pursuits include a progressive form of craft-making that extends beyond the tight confines of the community. The ultimate goal is to achieve self-sufficiency through the production of essential items and also to build commercial relationships with urban or regional market.. This goal is prominently reflected in all aspects of material life  such as diet, clothing and housing. Indeed, the way in which people create and use material objects is associated with the way in which their experiences are reflected in such objects making them carriers of meanings and information. Everyday furniture items and homeware as well as the handicraft items  that people utilise in the mountainous area of Tzoumerka reflect the society-nature relationship.