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Flashback Friday: Keep Walking

On October 9, 1988, Nafarroa Oinez (“Navarre Walking”), the annual festival in favor of the Basque language and supporting Ikastolak (Basque-language primary and secondary education schools), was held in the town of Lesaka (Navarre). This annual celebration was first held in 1981, intending to both foster the Basque language and raise money for the improvement of Basque language teaching schools or the establishment of new ones in Navarre. In 1988, the “Tantirumairu” school in Lesaka organized this event under the following slogan: Euskarari Eutsi, Euskaraz Hezi (“Hold Onto Basque, Be Raised in Basque”). At the event, they raised enough money to build a new teaching facility. Next year, in 1989, the same event was held in Etxarri-Aranatz. As in Navarre, other Basque provinces organized parallel events with the same purpose: in Bizkaia, Ibilaldia (“Walk”); in Gipuzkoa, Kilometroak (“Kilometers”); in Araba, Araba Euskaraz (“Araba in Basque”); and, in the Northern Basque Country, Herri Urrats (“A People’s Step”). These festivities are still celebrated today.


The 1988 “Navarre Walking” logo sticker

The CBS publication Equality, Equity, and Diversity: Educational Solutions in the Basque Country addresses in part the ikastola phenomenon. Download a free copy here.

Every Friday we look into our Basque archives for interesting historic events that happened on the same day.


Ongi etorri Jaialdi 2015

jaialdiJaialdi 2015 in Boise, Idaho!

As the spring semester has ended, summer presents new opportunities to become acquainted with Basque culture.  As someone who is not of Basque decent, I intend to make-up for my lack of “Basqueness” by attending one of the biggest celebrations of Basque culture in the United States – and apparently it only happens every 5 years!  What luck it will be celebrated during my first year of studying at the University of Nevada’s Center for Basque Studies.  There will be international performers as well as those state-side.

Jaialdi started back in 1987 as a way to promote and sustain Basque culture in the United States and abroad; nearly 30 years later, it’s one of the largest Basque festivals anywhere in the world. You’ll be able to watch traditional sports and dancing, dance to Basque music, and — of course — eat and drink with the best of ’em. Check out the schedule to start planning your Jaialdi experience.


Hope to see you all there!