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Old 09-23-2007, 09:03 AM
 
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This thread is inspired by the scary small towns discussion. Let's compile a list of isolated cultures within America.

The fundamentalist Mormons of Colorado City, Arizona who continue polygamy.

The Amish who are all over the country.

The Hutterites who were persecuted and moved to Canada, although a few communities remain in Montana.

What about those Irish Travellers?

The "intentional communities" of hippies who have survived as communes by latching onto a capitalistic enterprise to share as a community.

The details are scant in my mind: A black cult? Odd architecture? Can someone help me out?
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:36 AM
 
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I don't really consider them that isolated or as having much of a sense of community as these other groups, but the Melungeons concentrated in parts of Appalachia are a peculiar community just due to the mystique around where they come from.

Another group is the Gullah of coastal Georgia who have maintained strong cultural and linguistic ties to West Africa.

There's an island in the Chespeake Bay called Tangier Island, very isolated, whose few hundred residents speak a form of English that many linguists feel has not changed since they first arrived in the 1700s.

There's also a handful of nudist colonies, although they may be perhaps thrown in there with hippie communes, existing out West and in the Northeast.

And then of course, you've got plenty of isolated religious cults out there as well.
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Old 09-23-2007, 01:36 PM
 
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The Rainbow Children are a loosely affiliated group of hippies, at least a few thousand strong, who travel across the USA. There are at least a couple of Rainbow communes in the Southwest -- my friend lived in one in New Mexico where they lived in holes dug out of the ground. A very fascinating group -- some are "weekend hippies", others are third and fourth generation hippies! They have their own specialized vocabulary ("six up" is code for cops, for example). One of the best times of my life was spent camping with the Rainbow Children in WV.
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Old 09-24-2007, 10:45 AM
 
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I don't really consider them that isolated or as having much of a sense of community as these other groups, but the Melungeons concentrated in parts of Appalachia are a peculiar community just due to the mystique around where they come from.

Another group is the Gullah of coastal Georgia who have maintained strong cultural and linguistic ties to West Africa.

There's an island in the Chespeake Bay called Tangier Island, very isolated, whose few hundred residents speak a form of English that many linguists feel has not changed since they first arrived in the 1700s.

There's also a handful of nudist colonies, although they may be perhaps thrown in there with hippie communes, existing out West and in the Northeast.

And then of course, you've got plenty of isolated religious cults out there as well.

For someone who calls himself "Dull n Boring" you are anything but. Rather intelligent IMO. Where did you find this info? Very cool to know this stuff.
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:24 PM
 
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The Jackson Whites also known as the Ramapough Mountain Indians who live in the hills along the NJ/NY state border. They are a mixed race group (white/black/indian), 2,000 strong, which practice imbreeding.

How about the Hassidic Jews of the NYC area? Borough Park in Brooklyn is probably the largest of their neighborhoods, although they have many others.

While not a community the UPC down South would probably be considered to be odd by most Americans.

There are also several areas in the country where fringe Catholic groups live. Generally they don't accept the Pope and follow early 20th century Catholic practices (women can't wear pants for example). St. Mary's, Kansas is one such town (Scary Paramilitaries).
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Old 09-24-2007, 08:03 PM
 
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There are also several areas in the country where fringe Catholic groups live. Generally they don't accept the Pope and follow early 20th century Catholic practices (women can't wear pants for example). St. Mary's, Kansas is one such town (Scary Paramilitaries).
I believe you are talking about the Old Catholic community. They still say Mass in Latin, and as you said, do not recognize the Pope (nor he them). There is a community here in the Twin Cities and also one in Milwaukee. I'm guessing they are found in most US urban areas with deep Roman Catholic roots.
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:18 AM
 
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Kiryas Joel in Upstate NY seems to satisfy some of this criteria. The majority of the residents are from the Satmar Hasidic Jewish religion. The town in its present form really was not formed until the late 70s, when Rabbil Joel Teitelbaum wanted to reduce the likelihood of assimilation of other cultures into the congregation which was in Borough Park. So he sought out what he thought was an isolated area around Harriman. It's an odd fit in that there is no zoning, no downtown center, etc. As such, there are constant swords being crossed between this town and adjoining towns in Orange County NY.

Another town that has similar problems is Postville Iowa. This is another situation whereby a cultural fracture zone exists between older generations of farmers and Hasidic Jews that established a slaughterhouse in the early 90s. When this slaughterhouse opened, with it, an influx of Hispanic migrant workers have been brought in to do labor at a cheaper rate. So, there is an even more unique cultural dichtomy here that one would not think existed in an isolated farming community in Northeastern Iowa.
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:56 PM
 
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The Jackson Whites also known as the Ramapough Mountain Indians who live in the hills along the NJ/NY state border. They are a mixed race group (white/black/indian), 2,000 strong, which practice imbreeding.

How about the Hassidic Jews of the NYC area? Borough Park in Brooklyn is probably the largest of their neighborhoods, although they have many others.

While not a community the UPC down South would probably be considered to be odd by most Americans.

There are also several areas in the country where fringe Catholic groups live. Generally they don't accept the Pope and follow early 20th century Catholic practices (women can't wear pants for example). St. Mary's, Kansas is one such town (Scary Paramilitaries).
St. Mary's Kansas is also home to one of the most polluting coal power plant complexes in the entire country.
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Old 09-25-2007, 02:07 PM
 
Location: DFW area
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This thread is inspired by the scary small towns discussion. Let's compile a list of isolated cultures within America.


The Amish who are all over the country.
How are the Amish scary? They're some of the most honest, hard working people in the country, and are an almost true representation of how our way of life in the US was over 100 years ago..
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:30 AM
 
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Dude, I was inspired by the peculiarness of some of the communities brought up not by the horror!
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