Wislanie Snapshot
We, and most other folks with roots in Malopolska or southeast Poland, are descendants of a West Slavic tribe known as the Wislanie.

There are three branches to Slavic ethnicity:  West Slavs (living today in Poland and the former Czechoslovakia), East Slavs (living today in European Russia) and South Slavs (living today in the Balkans).

Tribes belonging to the West Slavs faced a greater variety of destinies than the others.  Two tribes, including the Wends, disappeared altogether or nearly did so into a relentlessly expanding Germanic nation. Two tribes held their ground; the Czechs and Moravians became the Czech kingdom, while the Slovaks spent centuries subservient to the Kingdom of Hungary.  The Wislanie are one of several major West Slavic tribes that amalgamated into the Polish nation. Beside the Wislanie, the others included the Polanie, Mazovians, Kujavians, Pomorzanie, Mazurians, and Silesians.

There is some truth to the old fable of three primeval Slavic brothers (Lech, Czech, and Rus) who went their own ways to find their own destinies. It appears that all Slavs in Europe probably originated in the general area of Poland (either between the Odra and Bug Rivers or the Pripet Marshes) and spread in all directions from there with vastly varying degrees of success.

In this study, we do not seek to promote any one Slavic tribe at the expense of the others. Other researchers may do that for their own reasons. We simply seek the historical truth, so that we can paint a picture that closely resembles the Wislanie.
The Wislanie Snapshot by Karen Wisniewski
Research Notes by Dr. Elise Gawle
Research Notes by Dennis Benarz
Maps Slavic Tribes in the 8th and 9th Centuries
To date, we have derived this snapshot of a Wislanie taken a millenium ago:

     - mesocephalic, i.e. intermediate head
     - broad face
     - fair skin
     - blond hair
     - sturdy body frame

Dennis Benarz, Chicagoland USA 2002-2007
Researched in collaboration with the Spuscinza Polish Heritage Research Group.
Photos of Copper Age Apparel in Central Europe
March of the Slavs into Europe