Yotvingians


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Yotvingians

 

(also Jatwings, Sudovians), a Prussian tribe, ethnically close to the Lithuanians. The Yotvingians lived in a region known as Sudovia, located between the middle course of the Neman River and the upper course of the Narew River. Their main occupations were land cultivation, hunting, and fishing; they also produced handicrafts.

The princes of Rus’ made several incursions into the territory of the Yotvingians. In the 1140’s and 1150’s, the Yotvingians became subject to the Galician-Volynian Principality and Mazovia. In 1283 their lands were seized by the Teutonic Order. Some of the Yotvingians’ lands were incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

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The Old Prussians belonged to the Western Baltic group of tribes, which also included the Curonians, Samogitians, Skalvians, Galindians, and Yotvingians.
Modern historians do not include the Skalvians, Sudavians or Yotvingians, or Galindians as Old Prussians, but consider them separate Western Baltic tribes.