Giorgi Chitaia was born in the western part of Georgia in 1890. He was an ethnographer at the University of Tbilisi. During his fieldwork he travelled throughout the country documenting regional cultures. Giorgi Chitaia was married to another well-known ethnographer Vera Baradavelidze (1899–1970). Chitaia played a vital role in preserving cultural heritage in Georgia during the Soviet occupation and rule. In 1922 he got the position to lead the newly created section of ethnography at Georgian National Museum. He held this position until his death in 1986.
In the 1960s he planned to construct a national open-air museum in Tbilisi. In 1966 The Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography was founded.
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