Once known as a nobleman’s sport, falconry in today’s Georgia lives on mostly among the poor. In Achara, also known as Ajara, it is a hobby that can trace its origin back some 2,000 years. Still, these days it is an endangered tradition.
The Stalin Museum in Gori, the birthplace of the former Soviet leader, features his personal railway car and the shack in which he was born. While a significant number of Georgians now blame Stalin's legacy for the country's present-day woes, there are still plenty who venerate him as well with their own personal museum and photos in their homes.
Roughly 65 years ago, Osman, a 90-year-old Meskhetian Turk, lost his home in Georgia to Stalin’s dictat. Now, after a lifetime in Central Asia, Osman, along with hundreds of other Meskhetian Turks, is trying to come home again.
For centuries, farmers in Georgia's highlands have relied on a particular breed, the Caucasian Sheep Dog, to care for their herds. But as farm life gives way to cities and factories, the country's dog lovers are conflicted on how best to preserve the breed.