As we mentioned last Fall, a part of this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival will be dedicated to Basque culture. For an introduction to the Basque Program at the festival, “Innovation by Culture,” click here.


Basque rowing team competing in Zarautz, Gipuzkoa. Photo by Imanol Lasa, at the Gipuzkoa Provincial Archive, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Part of this general introduction includes an interesting outside perspective on Basque culture by one of the festival curators, Anne Sandager Pedersen, who, together with co-curator Mary Linn, carried out a fieldwork trip to the Basque Country last Fall. In her blog post, which you can read in full here, she underscores three important ideas about Basque culture that they took back to the US and that will form part of the Basque Program at this year’s festival: resiliency, innovation, and community-building.

If you haven’t already done so, you can download a free copy of Basque Culture: Anthropological Perspectives by William A. Douglass and Joseba Zulaika, a great introduction to the culture of this rich land that also incorporates many of the personal fieldwork experiences of these two eminent anthropologists. Click here for your free download.