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First held in 1987, Jaialdi is the United States’s largest Basque festival and takes place in Boise every five years. Through vivid photography and a recounting of personal interviews with event founders and organizers, Jaialdi: A Celebration of Basque Culture provides a stunning account of how the ancient traditions of these industrious people are showcased through the activities and events of Jaialdi. 

Organized and staffed entirely by volunteers, Jaialdi attracts 35,000 to 50,000 visitors from around the world. Attendees enjoy festivities featuring Basque culture, including dancing, music, food, and competitive feats of strength. Photographer Jon C. Hodgson captures the spirit and merriment of the festival in vivid detail, taking readers on a journey into the heart of Basque culture. Coupled with author Nancy Zubiri’s observations from her own attendance at nearly every Jaialdi since 1987, the book reveals how Boise’s Basque community has committed to host the festival and why the celebration remains so popular today. 

The Basque diaspora to the United States began in the late 1800s when these determined immigrants came seeking a new life filled with opportunities. Many were sheepherders who adapted to American life while maintaining their ties to the traditions of the Basque Country. Jaialdi: A Celebration of Basque Culture illuminates how this festival honors these traditions and captures the essence of the ancient Basque people, who are preserving their heritage while embracing life in the twenty-first-century West.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. Nancy Zubiri, Jon C. Hodgson
  3. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Who Are the Basques?
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  1. Community
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. The Idea for the First Jaialdi
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  1. A Parade
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. The Old Penitentiary
  2. pp. 24-28
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  1. Every Five Years
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  1. Too Successful
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Euzkaldunak Club
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  1. Oinkari Dancers
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  1. The International Performers
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  1. Hosting the Basque Country Performers
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  1. Dance
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  1. Volunteers
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  1. Community Support
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  1. The Fairgrounds
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  1. Basque Block
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  1. Music
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  1. Weather
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  1. The Basque Center
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  1. Educational Symposium
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  1. Food
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  1. Work
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  1. International Visitors
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  1. Lehendakaris
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  1. Sports
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  1. Worship
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  1. The Future of Jaiald
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  1. Illustrations
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. About the Author and Photographer
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  1. Name Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781647790547
Related ISBN(s)
9781647790530
MARC Record
OCLC
1311073248
Launched on MUSE
2022-05-19
Language
English
Open Access
No

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