The main settlements of the Krasniqi tribe are Bajram Curri (Kolgecaj), Selimaj (Gegëhysen), Bujani, Llugaj, Margegaj, and Dragobia.

This last name is quite well known, especially in Kosovo. This tribe is mainly Muslim (but until the arrival of the Turks they were Catholic) and was related to the Gashi and Bytyçi tribes.

Until 1858, the majority of the population of Prishtina belonged to this tribe. Even in the villages of Drenica, Gjilan, and Bujanovci, many residents identify as being from this tribe.

According to tradition, Krasniqi consists of two bayraks: Dragobia in the valley of Valbone and Bujan between Bajram Curri and Fierze.

The founding grandfather of this tribe was Kole Mekshi, from whom the branch of Krasniqe, Kolemekshaj, was formed. Kola had a brother named Nike Mekshi, who is thought to have founded the Nikaj tribe. Therefore, the Nikaj and Krasniqi tribes (especially the Kolmekshajt) did not marry among themselves.

The main market of Krasniqe was Gjakova and this tribe reached there through the Morina Pass and Prushi Pass.

The Krasniqi tribe is known as an extremely astute tribe.

The Bosnian-Croat priest, Lavro Mihaçeviq, during his visit in 1907 to the settlements of this tribe, wrote:

"When we arrived in front of the tavern, we got off the horses to rest for a while. While we were drinking coffee, men and women approached us. They were very elegant people, with white skin, kind, gentle, and loving towards friends and guests".

The most prominent figures of this tribe are Haxhi Mulla Zeka, Mic Sokoli, and Bajram Curri in the photo.

Rudina Selami