Throughout history Ukrainians have found refuge in Carpathians. Those that came to call it home are proud, resourceful and passionately independent hutsuls. In the past, many of them adopted a semi-nomadic lifestyle based on tending flocks of sheep in the alpine meadows during the summer. Others became craftsmen producing intricate wood carvings, colorful woolen blankets and leather goods. All had to be resourceful and live off the land. After hundreds of years, the beauty of the mountains has become part of their life.