Man In The Mountains

Mountain peoples are outstanding throughout the world for their strong affiliation to their homeland, combined with a tolerance of an environment that is usually noticeably poorer in resources than in the adjacent lowland plains. Historically, mountains have provided a sense of independence to their inhabitants. The resulting long-term survival of groups of peoples in montane retreats has preserved the customs and languages of many ancient cultures from assimilation by larger and more powerful neighbours. These minority groups and races can be considered as peripheral human populations, living in marginal habitats. In the British Isles, the Welsh and the Scots both owe something to the mountainous nature of their respective territories for their cultural survival. Elsewhere, Tibetans, Kurds, Georgians, Armenians, Chechens, Basques, and even the Swiss, have had their identity preserved from that of their surrounding neighbours due to the elevation of their residential circumstances.

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