Blaž Vehovar: KRAŠKI OVČARJI - SINOVI BURJE / KARST SHEPHERDS - SONS OF THE WIND

Blaž Vehovar: KRAŠKI OVČARJI - SINOVI BURJE / KARST SHEPHERDS - SONS OF THE WIND
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Reflections by Ciril Zlobec, our great poet, inspired by the publication of the book Karst Shepherds – Sons of the Wind

One might even say that the Karst, as presented in Slovene art, is a single immense metaphor. Both as a whole and in its details, in the sequence of time and space, it existentially portrays in a persuasive way the momentous connection between man and landscape, an almost mythical dependence of one upon the other. This ubiquitous metaphor is, as expressed by its artists, invariably intimate, lyrical, also historically and socially meaningful, much like the geological and geographical structure of the Karst itself, with its playful nature of hills and valleys, sparsely overgrown areas, meadows, fields, vineyards bordered by dark stretches of pine forests, with omnipresent defiant, gnarled oak trees. Everything is intertwined and then disentangled in some counterpoint chord, fusing, wherever one looks, into a pure materialized lyrical experience. Even in its epic component: the whole gives meaning to detail, detail to the whole. Whenever art is regarded, the epithet “Karst” and its many derivatives are a beauty that is never separated from the real world or real life. The Karst as a whole is, perhaps described pathetically, a poetic inspiration of nature and man. Even its silent, dead stone. Even its unpredictable Bora wind. Such is the “Karst”.

INTRODUCTION

Throughout the centuries, the Karst region with its stony landscape, burdened with a melancholic beauty, has preserved a noble breed of dogs – the Karst Shepherd. This dog has proved itself a loyal companion in both peace and war, in labour and pastime. Once and again, the fate of the Karst Shepherd was laid in our hands. Fortunately, we have kept our resolve and have had enough love to protect this remarkable breed to this day.

The Karst, with all its pastures, hills and valleys, presents a unique part of the world, where since ancient times the fate of the dog has been bound to the fate of man. On this hard Karst land, blasted by the wind and scattered with rocks, man has known how to breed and shape his dog into not only a faithful friend, but also an indispensable and fearless keeper of his flocks.

The rather defiant spirit and unyielding nature have proved themselves as essential virtues in Karst Shepherds, as many have had to show their strength, courage and ingenuity when protecting sheep from wild animals.

Despite the fact that in the past Karst Shepherds, as a breed, often found themselves pushed to the edge of extinction, they have remained opportunistic. With the help of man, they survived such critical situations as the First and the Second World Wars, which decimated the breed, rendering it almost extinct.

In his cynological study from the year 1925, Dr Ivan Lovrenčič wrote: “The Karst Shepherd was rare even before the war, after the war it is breathing its last breaths. The maelstrom of war ravaged our rocky Karst, sparing neither people nor animals. No wonder, then, that very few representatives of this breed are to be found in the Karst region.” Later, he added: “However, I believe that pure shepherds still exist throughout Istria and the Karst, so that they could save the breed from dying out entirely.”

Yet, with the help of certain individuals, the Karst Shepherd recovered again and again. Granted, it has changed to some extent in this process, adapting out of necessity to the different conditions brought on by individual periods, though his character has persisted to this day.

Our dogs are not the only thing that is changing, though. The whole world around us is constantly transforming. Some of the most significant changes in the history of humankind are taking shape in front of our own eyes. Some win, others inevitably lose. For most living beings, our reality represents a bitter world of extremes. Therefore people and animals alike have to adapt, perhaps to an unprecedented extent, to the ever-changing circumstances.

Despite all the changes and the integration of technology into our lives, some of us strive to stay in touch with nature. Occasionally we come across places which prove that our mental world is not the only escape from reality.

For me, such a timeless place is the Karst. Time and again, I am captivated by this region. It seems that under its apparent barrenness there lies considerable wealth. There are few places where one can admire such a striking and unique blend of nature and human creativity.

Thus, it seems only fair that I have commenced my journey into the world of the Karst Shepherd, our sole autochthonous breed, in the Karst region. This is where I took most of the photographs used in this book. What I wanted was to observe the Karst Shepherd in its ‘home’ environment and I soon learned that this was where it was at its most beautiful, as only the Karst can reveal the dog’s quintessential beauty.

Like the Karst itself, the Karst Shepherd first impresses us with its unsurpassable loveliness. Then, if we are patient enough, it will reveal its unique personality. Yet only those who are astute enough can earn its unconditional trust and affection. To them, it will remain loyal to the end of its life, as beneath its apparent rough beauty there lie the secret depths of a noble soul.

 

 

http://www.mkgp.gov.si/si/medijsko_sredisce/novica/article/1328/9649/

Dvojezična barvna umetniška monografija o edini slovenski mednarodno priznani pasmi kraški ovčar.  


Izdaja je izjemnega pomena za slovensko državo in tudi v mednarodnem
prostoru, zato je podporo pri izdaji izrazil tudi minister mag. Dejan Židan, ki je
napisal predgovor knjigi na pot. Misel o knjigi Kraški ovčarji – sinovi burje je napisal tudi kraški pesnik Ciril Zlobec. Nekatere njegove pesmi o krasu so objavljene v knjigi.

Kot napoveduje naslov, je rdeča nit naš kraški pes, ki je postavljen v domače,
izvorno kraško okolje, saj je večina fotografij posnetih na Krasu. V knjigi so
prek kraškega ovčarja predstavljene značilnosti Krasa s tipično in enkratno
krajino, prepredeno s kamnitimi škarpami in jeseni kontrastno rdeče obarvanim
rujem ter poleg kraškega ovčarja še svetovno znanega Lipicanca in istrsko
pramenko - ovco, ki jo je naš pes skozi stoletja čuval na pašnikih Javornikov,
Nanosa, Vremščice in drugod.

Prvi pisni viri o kraških ovčarjih kot pastirskih psih segajo v leto 1558, ko je upravitelj kobilarne Lipica Franc Jurko zapisal, da so za varnost plemenskih
kobil poskrbeli z nakupom močnih in ostrih psov s Krasa. Ali kot je leta 1689 zapisal Janez
Vajkard Valvasor v Slavi vojvodine Kranjske: »Izmed psov, kakor jih imenuje Kranjec -
Kranjska tudi nima najslabših. Zlasti ob rečici Pivki goje velike in močne pse, ki utegnejo volku čvrsto pretresti kožuh. Zato jih pastirji vedno vodijo s seboj.«

Besedilo je pripovedno, z zanimivimi primeri ter poudarkom na številnih fotografijah
ter umetniških delih, ki prikazujejo lepoto Krasa in sobivanje kraškega ovčarja
v tej edinstveni pokrajini. Čudovit
portret, namenjen ne le strokovnjakom s področja kinologije, temveč tudi ljubiteljem
kraških ovčarjev ter tistim, ki bi želeli to edino slovensko pasmo podrobneje
spoznati.

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