Nikmaraš

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Nikmaraš
Settlement
Nikmaraš is located in Montenegro
Nikmaraš
Coordinates: 42°26′19″N 19°26′06″E / 42.43861°N 19.43500°E / 42.43861; 19.43500
Country  Montenegro
Municipality Podgorica
Rural community Zatrijebač
Population (2003)
 • Total 13
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) 081
Vehicle registration PG

Nikmaraš (Montenegrin and Serbian Cyrillic: Никмараш, Albanian: Nikmarashi) is a settlement in the rural community of Zatrijebač, in Podgorica, Montenegro, near the border with Albania. It is part of the wider Kuči clan region, specifically in the Zatrijebač region (alb. Triesh, part of wider Malësia from Albanian point of view). According to the 2003 census, the village has 13 inhabitants, all ethnic Albanians. The village owes its name to the Zatrijebač chieftain Nik Maraš Kalčević[1] (Nik Marashi).

Geography[edit]

Nikmaraš is located east of the capital. The Sjevik hill lies within the settlement.[2] The settlement is one of 6 villages of the Albanian-inhabited Zatrijebač region (Trieshi), along with Mužečka, Sćepova (alb. Stjepohi), Banjkani (alb. Benkaj), Deljani (alb. Delaj) and Budza.[3]

History[edit]

In the past, Nikmaraš was the largest of all ten Zatrijebač villages, but today the largest is said to be the village of Stjepoja (also known to be the tribal center).[citation needed] According to Montenegrin census records, Nikmaraš, around the mid-19th century was said to have around 70 households.[citation needed] At this time, locals called Nikmaraš by the name of "Shkodra e Vogel" to relate to its size compared to the city of Shkoder in North Albania.[citation needed] Lul Nika, Cac Nika and Mark Nika were the sons of Nik Marashi.[citation needed] The villages consists six of the following surnames; Arapaj, Cacaj, Gjeloshaj, Gjonaj, Gjurashaj & Margilaj.[citation needed] In today's census, Nikmaraš is said to have only 13 persons living in the village.[citation needed] Most of the village natives either moved to other towns or cities within Montenegro, but most natives found themselves a better lifestyle within the borders of the United States.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 42°26′20″N 19°26′17″E / 42.439°N 19.438°E / 42.439; 19.438