One Park, Three Dialects
8 October 2019
The cultural and linguistic identities in the Beverin Natural Park (canton of Graubunden) are predominently inherited from the Walser and the Romansh people.
The Walser people immigrated in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
The Walser dialect is relatively well preserved in the Safiental and the villages Sufers, Tschappina.
Romansh (Sutsilvan dialect) is still spoken in the Schamserberg region (in the villages Andeer, Lohn, Pignia and Zillis). Many also speak the Swiss German dialect (Bündnerdialect) or the Walser dialect. To this day, around 1000 inhabitants still speak Sutsilvan.
Changes in the 19th and 20th centuries (tourism, media, railways, mobility, immigration) had a negative influence on the Romansh and Walser languages and cultures.
However, the Romansh and Walser culture and languages do still exist (Source and further information: www.naturpark-beverin.ch).