The Road Less Traveled

Author: Tamta Utiashvili


In the 1950’s, Dano’s family temporarily moved into Tianeti municipality. Here she met a Khevsurian Christian boy, named Irakli. The couple fell in love and soon after got married in 1953.

Dano currently lives in her home village of Omalo, in Pankisi Gorge, where she returned to in 1995. The return was not easy; her daily life is still rife with struggle and challenge. Her hard work, kindness and sincere heart, have gained esteem from locals. However, her independent persona is still unusual for the Kists. With her bold independence, she still keeps a personal approach toward various issues. Yet still, Dano finds that the heart is the greatest determination above anything else.