Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wild West Georgians

Georgian horsemen became notable participants in shows about the Wild West in the 1890s. Billed as Russian Cossacks, the riders from Georgia featured in circuses and shows well into the first half of the 20th century. Their performances, featuring trick riding and folk dance, were extremely popular and exerted significant influence on cowboys in the United States.

     From left: Konstantine Chkhartishvili, Teimuraz Chkhartishvili, Kaisar Kvitaishvili, Vaso Tsuladze, Platon Murvanidze
  Georgian riders in London, 1892
Ivane and Barthlome Baramidzes and the Indians

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