We believe the identity of any community is primarily preserved in their local idioms and tradition. In losing them, we lose our history and authentic identity.
Imbra Houstovnjak is an illustrated tale in the Kaikavian language of Marija Bistrica inspired by the local Croatian mythologies. It’s an answer to negative trends of a declining presence of dialects in public, alienation of the young native speakers, and a lack of appealing materials in modern media that can be used in education. Imbra Houstovnjak connects local communities through language and story. It reignites the interest in local dialects and positive values of Kaikavian language. It rebrands and rises its awareness in public. Finally, it serves the community as an educational and motivating tool encouraging people to preserve the local heritage.
Master Project at the School of Design, Zagreb, 2018. Illustration and story by Grgo Petrov. Translation Ivana Škrlec.