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Hutsuls

Summary
The Hutsuls (also Gutsuls or Hutzuls; Гуцули; Huculi, Hucułowie; huțuli) are an East Slavic ethnic group spanning parts of western Ukraine and Romania (i.e. parts of Bukovina and Maramureș). They have often been officially and administratively designated as a subgroup of Ukrainians, and are largely regarded as constituting a broader Ukrainian ethnic group. However, some others consider the group as a subgroup of Rusyns rather than Ukrainians along with other related groups such as Boykos. Etymology The origin of the name Hutsul is uncertain. The most common derivations are from the Romanian word for "outlaw" (cf. Rom. hoț–"thief", hoțul–"the thief"), and the Slavic kochul (Ukr. kochovyk–"nomad") which is a reference to the semi-nomadic shepherd lifestyle or the inhabitants who fled into the mountains after the Mongol invasion. Other proposed derivations include from the Turkic tribe of the Utsians or Uzians, and even to the name of the Moravian Grand D
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