D. Jakštaitė

Samogitia (Žemaitija). The people and the culture

Dignified, stubborn, brave and militant. Even after moving to other cities, Samogitians retain their identity, group together, take pride in their Samogitian “passport”, and tell everyone about their land, and about their ingenious artisans and artists who are full of modern ideas. Samogitia’s vernacular architecture was perhaps the least affected by Soviet reforms, making it a good place to check out authentic chapels and wayside shrines, and look for interesting metalwork forged by talented Samogitian blacksmiths. Artists who have fallen in love with the Samogitian capital of Telšiai give the city their wonderful pieces of street furniture. Counting them all is impossible, but trying to find them is worthwhile.