September 29, 2015 at 7:10 pm
Very glad.That this Center Emphazises. The pride of Being Basque .My paternal family are FrenchandSpaniardsBasque,Cuban and Yucatanian.
October 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm
Thanks so much for your comments, we certainly enjoy what we do and feel very proud to have the opportunity to present Basque culture to the world!
November 5, 2015 at 7:30 am
congratulations in taking a step in educating the public in the US about a special part of Spain – my family is from Cantabria but I have visited Bilbao often and was pleased to present my book in 2013 at the Sociedad Bilbaina to a capacity audience – at the time some of us “chatted” about the possibility of showcasing the Basque heritage at the folklife festival – I am a Smithsonian fellow in audience development so very pleased to see this happening –
my book in English & Spanish: Spain the Forgotten Alliance, Independence of the United States/España La Alianza Olvidada Independencia de los Estados Unidos contains several chapters dedicated to the Basques with information seldom published – it is available on Amazon & Kindle- please keep me informed as to the progress and let me know if I can be of assistance – if you provide a postal address I will be happy to send a copy of the book – thank you –
Martha Gutiérrez-Steinkamp, Smithsonian Fellow
November 10, 2015 at 10:26 am
Dear Martha, Thanks so much for your comment. We are hoping to participate in some ways in the 2016 Folklife Festival, so perhaps we’ll have much more of an opportunity to collaborate (I confess I’m not sure how the structure works). Thanks for passing along the information about the book as well, it sounds really interesting and we’ll check it out. I’m also going to forward this information to the Basque Librarian who might well have interest in including this book in the Basque Library. We are so glad that you are reading and enjoying the blog!
January 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm
we just found out our family is of basque origin, none of us had heard of basque people so this has been an interesting learning experience!!
February 3, 2017 at 9:09 am
How exciting! We love being Basque 🙂 please always feel free to contact us with any questions you have about being Basque, Ongi etorri! (That’s “welcome” in the Basque language).
March 5, 2018 at 4:40 am
I am doing fact based novel staged in ww2. Do you have any info. pertaining to Free French of Interior (FFI) and any Basque resistance groups of that period? thanks, Dusty Rhodes
March 7, 2018 at 10:32 pm
Thank you for your inquiry.
The Center’s own Sandra Ott has written extensively on the German occupation of the Basque Country during World War II. See her War, Judgment, And Memory In The Basque Borderlands, 1914-1945 and Living With the Enemy: German Occupation, Collaboration and Justice in the Western Pyrenees, 1940–1948, as well as her edited work, War, Exile, Justice, and Everyday Life, 1936-1946, available free to download here. There may also be some information of use in Igor Ahedo’s The Transformation of National Identity in the Basque Country of France and Hills of Conflict by James E. Jacob.
For more general background information, see Cameron Watson’s Modern Basque History, available free to download here, and Basque Nationalism and Political Violence by the same author. Likewise, in Robert P. Clark’s The Basques: The Franco Years and Beyond, there is some discussion about Basque involvement with the Free French.
Good luck and please keep us informed about the progress of your novel!
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