GUIDE

To the Land it seems that it understands the Island, because, it thinks, the Island is small and prized off It, the Land. But, the Island is self-sufficient and tries not to understand the Land. The Island does not feel as a prized off part of the Land. The Island is a whole land. And the Land could never understand that, so, whenever possible, the Land spread its terrestrial laws to the Island, although the Island would never obey them. The Island was always a polis, no matter which flags flitted about its winds.
Josko Božanić

The natural base together with the original cultural heritage, and history with its influences and traces make an unchangeable part of the islands reality, so they are together in this guide.

The man is on the island subordinated to the forces of nature more than anywhere else. (Even today, a harder sea storm can break all the ship connections towards the land for a few days..) In the past, the island community, (when the energy surplus, in the shape of fossil fuels, and the footing of the land as a permanent logistic weren't available), had to form its notions, rules and actions as the extension of the natural identities, laws and cultures in the most deft way. The man has been building this relationship with nature for thousands of years, with minimal means. During that time , the man has, sometimes with miraculous technical and organisational solutions, managed to fit in the ecosystem, basing his survival on growing Mediterranean agricultural crops and fishing. Therefor, the oldest layers of the mans cultural heritage are located at the islands, inseparable from the local climate, the ground, the sea, the vegetation and the animal world.
Because the above mentioned reasons, this experience is useful to the today's islander ( much more than to the land inhabitant the experiences of his ancestors); ancient rules and morals of weather conditions, winds, sea and navigation, growing vine and other crops, building and life in general, are valuable even today and are needful to the one who wants or must live on the island.
On the other hand, there are systems created by man, most often a man living on the land. Many countries, rulers and social systems have in the history "governed" the islands, trying to fit them in into their systems and impose their rules and values. The Vis archipelago was, because of it's strategic position, very interesting to the states that have tried to conquer the Adriatic, so at Vis numerous monuments and traces were left, mixing with the already mentioned island "survival culture" or clashing with it. The island has suffered, being at the periphery of those systems, and it suffers today, so, while the islanders are easily and readily identified with the fishing or vine- growing heritage (as being parts of their island), the opinions about the history or "the rulers from the land" are divided.