Kheme, a Tushetian man, is praying in the small Orthodox Church of Shenako. It is the only one in the region. Tushetian people are mainly Georgian Orthodox Christian in religion, but their culture has retained elements of Georgia’s pre-Christian beliefs and pagan practices still persist. Kheme, is very respectful of rituals and culture and he is one of the keepers of the traditions.
Shenako, Tusheti. Georgia. 27 July 2015.
Buko, a Tushetian shepherd , is eating in his house. He lives a semi-nomadic life: 6 months in the valley during the winter and 6 months up in the mountains in summer. He comes to Shenako by foot leading his flocks of hundreds of sheeps on a rocky path for days. Tushetian shepherd’s diet is basically made of what they can produce on the mountains: meat and dairy products. Shenako, Tusheti. Georgia. 30 July 2015.
A Tushetian young man with his kalashnikov in his house, after drinking a lot of Chacha, a strong alcoholic drink produced locally. The Tushetians are fond of drinking strong alcoholic drinks, therefore they are often drunk. This guy is a hunter. He uses his kalashnikov also to defend himself from bears and wolves which are in the forest of Tusheti. He comes to Shenako only in the summer time. Shenako, Tusheti. Georgia. 27 July 2015.
Paata in his house in Shenako. He wasn’t born here, but he married a woman from Shenako and now he spends every summer up in the mountains enjoying Tushietian way of life and traditions. Shenako, Tusheti, Georgia. 29 July 2015
Kako in a dark room where the sacred beer and alcoholic drinks have been prepared for the Atengenoba festival, a typical Tushetian rituals which takes place in summer. He is one of the few left person who lives in Shenako the whole year. Shenako, Tusheti, Georgia. 28 July 2015
A Tushetian old man drinks chacha using a very typical “glass” made of animal horn in his house during the meal. This old man nowadays lives in Shenako only half a year because the winter is to hard for him. The Tushetians are fond of drinking and they prepare their beverages at home. They like strong alcoholic drinks, like chacha. Shenako, Tusheti. Georgia. 30 July 2015.
An old woman knitting in her house. According to local traditions, men and woman have different roles and tasks. While men are the sheep herders and the defenders, the women are the housekeeper. The wool of Tushetian sheep is very fine, strong and soft. It is used to produce carpets, knitting socks, bags and other traditional handicarfts. Also the traditiona dresses of Thushetian were once made of wool. Knitting skills were passed from mothers to dougthers.
Parsma, Tusheti. Georgia. 31 July 2015.
Eldary is playing and singing in his kitchen while he is baking the bread. Eldary is one of the very few Tushetian person who lives in Shenako the whole year. He is known as the “medicine man” because he knows the healing power of local herbs. He sings traditional melodies which are integral part of Tushetian culture. Usually songs emphasize people’s resilience to the misfortune of life. Shenako, Tusheti. Georgia. 7 August 2015.
Nino,a Tushetian girl outside her stone house in Chesho. She come here only in summer with her family. She dreams of moving to the USA. Chesho Tusheti, Georgia. 31 July 2015
an old Tushetian man in his humble bedroom in a small village near Shenako. It is on the road to Abano pass (2926m on the sea level) Tusheti, Georgia. 26 July 2015
Magi is relaxing on an hammock outside Eliko’s house. Magi lives in Alvani but she come back to Shenako every summer to help her grandmother Eliko with house work. She want to become a doctor and she dreams of traveling around the world instead of coming to Shenako every year.
When she was a child she learnt traditional Tushetian songs and dance, but now she studies singing but she prefer modern music. Shenako, Tusheti. Georgia. 1 August 2015.
Eliko with a candle in her house during the night. Eliko was born in Alvani, she moved to Shenako after she got married . She has been living here for 39 years and she has never left in all that time. She takes care of the house, as well as the cattle and the cheese production every day. She lives with her husband on the mountains the whole year. Because there is virtually no electricity, candles are uses to have light in the night. Shenako, Tusheti. Georgia. 30 July 2015.