National Geographic : 1915 Feb
Photo by Vittorio Sella THE VILLAGE OF DALAKAFF, IN THE VALLEY OF THE LIAGDON, CENTRALCAUCASUS, RUSSIA An old legend says the Babel of the Caucasus cannotlbe reduced to writing. It reads: "Give up your task. Can you put into human writing the rolling of the thunder along the peaks, the crash of the falling avalanche, the deep roar of the mountain torrent, theblast ofthewaterfall? Can you represent the sound of the stones as they clatter down the gorges, of the branches of the forest as they moan in thetempest, thescreams and songs ofthe birds as they call to one another from height to height? How, then, can you hope to imprison in letters the free speech ofthetribes oftheCaucasus?"