Khachik Dashtents (Tonoyan Khachik Tonoevitch) – a famous Armenian writer, poet, and translator – was born into a shepherd’s family on April 15, 1909 in the village of Dashtayan of Sasun vilayet in Western Armenia. Later he chose his literary pseudonym according to his village’s name – Dashtents.

Dashtents witnessed a lot of suffering through the hard roads that led him from the Sasun Mountains to Eastern Armenia, and he finally took refuge in the orphanage of the American Mission of Alexandropol (later Leninakan, currently Gyumri), where he received his early education.