About Sights – The Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

The Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo is located in a 3-storey fortified tower in the village of Keselo in the district of Upper Omalo in Akhmeta municipality (Georgian: ახმეტის მუნიციპალიტეტი) in Kakheti region. The museum contains part of the ethnographic collection of the Akhmeta Local Museum.

Domestic Implements in the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Domestic Implements in the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

The museum contains traditional household items, agricultural tools, and weapons used by the Tushetian people in the historic region of Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი).

Display of Weapons in the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Display of Weapons in the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

The Tush are a subgroup of Georgians that are divided into two groups- the Chagma-Tush (used for Tush who speak the Georgian dialect) and Tsova-Tush (Nakh-speaking Tush, better known as Bats).

Tushetian furniture in the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Tushetian furniture in the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Located in the heart of the high mountains of the Caucasus close to the borders with Chechnya and Dagestan, the Tush built stone towers and fortified their villages to defend themselves and their livestock.

Depiction of Tushetian towers in the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Depiction of Tushetian towers in the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Tushetian Stone Carving Exhibits in the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Tushetian Stone Carving Exhibits in the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Domestic Implements at the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Domestic Implements at the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Stone Statue at the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Stone Statue at the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Display at the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Display at the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Tushetian Myth of World Creation at the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Tushetian Myth of World Creation at the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Due to their geographical isolation the Tush culture and traditions remained relatively untouched for centuries but the Soviet-led forced migration of mountain people to lowland areas carried out in the 1950s has meant that only a few villages in Tusheti are still inhabited.

Domestic Implements at the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Domestic Implements at the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo

Georgia About recommends a visit to the Tusheti Ethnography Museum of Keselo!

All photos courtesy of Akhmeta Tourism.

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