Deep in Greece’s forested Mountains, the shepherds live on, defying a harsh environment, and remaining loyal to their traditions and way of life in some of the most hard-to-reach parts of the country.
Indomitable and proud, yet noble, they call themselves “free people”, and trace the origins of their predecessors.
Their home is legendary Mount ranges, under which amazing villages are scattered, normally dotted with lush green slopes and surrounded by snow-capped peaks during winter.
Across Greece, shepherds number about 75.000, divided into different groups according to their regions, while they all speak the native whistling language of the shepherds, which has also numerous dialects depending on the province.
Today, they rely on sheep and agriculture as their main sources of income; however they are not traditionally transhumant shepherds, following the nomadic lifestyle of their ancestors. Most of them reside by the foothills, closer to the towns, benefiting from modern amenities, yet they still dwell with their sheep and goats in remote mountain cabins with no electricity or running water for the cold days or after crossing long distances durinf pasture.
Some of them, in wintertime, they even face extreme weather conditions. Then, community bands together. On the other hand, on the Greek isles shepherds usually own small donkeys – their mode of transport across the rocky, unpaved road system.