Teaching Euskara in Boise
Aitor Iñarra, NABO Euskera Coordinator, has shared this letter with us from Todor Azurza, one of Basque teachers at the Basque Museum in Boise. He is one of several throughout our communities that provide this valuable opportunity to people hoping to learn Basque, outside of the university realm. Thank you to him, and all of the irakasles who are working so hard to perpetuate Basque in the US. The entire letter is available here.
Guernica Comes to Redbox
We just found out that the movie Guernica (2016) will be available at Redbox on January 24, 2017. The film tells the story of the people of Gernika during the Civil War and the role of the press at the time. It was directed by Koldo Serra and written by Jose Alba. To add this movie to your wish list, or see a trailer click here.
New Year Caroling in Bizkaia
We are sharing a tradition of New Year's caroling from Bizkaia featured on Urte Sasoiak, a collaborative effort of Euskal Herriko Ikastolen Elkartea and Labayru Ikastegia.
On New Year's Day it was traditional for young people to go from farmhouse to farmhouse singing their request for goodies. This kind of collection ritual is known, in general, as puska biltzea and is carried out for Saint Agatha and Saint John's Eve and other feast days as well. The lyrics of the songs reflect each unique occasion. The following from Elantxobe is one of many versions for New Year or Urte Barri in Bizkaia:
Urte Barri Barri
Si si si
otzara bete solomo
Yes, yes, yes
Fill my basket with pork loin