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The individual character of the Kashubian character and language was first described by the Russian scholar Aleksander Hilferding, to whom we are indebted for the first data about the range of Kashubian dialects.
Kashubian ceramics is characterised by the unique motifs of the Kashubian star, fish-scales, tulips, lilies, wreaths, lilac branches, all complemented by wavy lines and dots.
The most characteristic for Kashubian bands is a percussion instrument - the devil's fiddle, composed of a stick and a board in the shape of a violin, capped with a coloured demon in a spangled hat.
The Kashubian people make their living from sea and fresh water fishing, farming, cattle breeding, hunting, collecting the honey of wild bees and working with amber which is so plentiful on the Baltic Sea shores.
The Kashubian way of speaking differs so much from the rest of Poland that, for instance, a Polish goral [GOO-rahl], a mountaineer from the Tatra mountains whose "gwara" is influenced by the Carpathian shepherds' culture and a polish rybak [RIH-bahk], a fisherman from the Baltic Sea, might not be able to understand each other.
The costume illustrated is typical of the Kashubian Lake district in the early nineteenth century.
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