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WINEGROWER FROM MOMJAN
The Istrian soil, particularly in North-Western Istria, was always favorable for the cultivation of grapevine. Along with olives in Southern Istria, grapevine is still the dominant agricultural crop. Momjan is a village in which the winegrowing tradition and contemporary gastronomic and oenological offer meet. In order to understand the significance of viticulture and viniculture for that small Istrian village, it is important to know that the patron saint of Momjan is St Martin, and that this region is characterized by the Momjan Muscat, an autochthonous variety unique in the world.


A FISHERMAN FROM FAŽANA
Fažana is an example of a typical fisherman’s town. Everyday life revolves around the sea: it is here that fishing, shipbuilding and the fish industry meet. The maritime history of Fažana is enriched with the strong influence of Pula as the main Austro-Hungarian naval base, and the Brijuni islands as the exclusive resort for the elite. The fishing history is thus intertwined with the historical determinants that shaped the Istrian culture.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Fažana was one of the most important fishing centres. It boasted 7% of gill nets on the western coast of Istria. Even though this part of the Austro-Hungarian coast was in the shadow of Trieste and Chioggia, the fishing powers of the northern Adriatic Sea, the fishing and shipbuilding of Fažana was of great importance for Istria.


A CHILD FROM MOTOVUN
Childhood as a topic has not drawn much attention in ethnographic research. The material and intangible culture of childhood have disappeared over time. By describing some of the more important events that occurred during one’s upbringing, we attempt to revive what used to be everyday life for children in the past.
Growing up in smaller communities such as Motovun had characteristics of growing up in both urban and rural environments. At the beginning of the 20th century, childhood was quite different from today’s. One reason was that children had to take up the work of adults earlier.


THE POTTER FROM RAKALJ
Almost every household in Central and Southern Istria owned at least a few pots from Rakalj. Pot making was a business for whole families. Where necessary, everyone participated in the preparation, manufacture and sale of pots. The lack of quality arable land is one of the reasons why the people of Rakalj took up additional work - they were fishermen, mariners and potters. The knowledge of pottery was handed down from generation to generation, but also within the village community.