Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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The Muleteer

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Due to a lack of road infrastructure in these areas the muleteer’s profession was mandatory. He would transport all goods to the hinterland communities on mules.

Because of the nature of their work the muleteers lead hard lives. Their shift would start in the early hours of the morning in order to arrive to their destination on time. At night they would camp out or sleep in hostels.

The hostels were built at key location points along the trade routes and provided food and accommodation to travelers and their animals. During their short stay the muleteers had the opportunity to rest, take care of their animals, exchange information and often times close deals.

They’d use a simple lifting device to load the animals. It was a long solid stick with a turning fork at the tip. The loading was a talent in itself. They’d take great care not to pester the animal so they’d carefully distribute the weight on both sides and made frequent stops for the animals to relax or to loosen their straps. Many would adorn their animals with beads, amulets and charms.

Narrative from a Former Muleteer.