Long before civilization had stretched her standardized fingers across Europe creating what we now call “Europe,” the Basque culture was thriving in the western end of the Pyrenees on the coast of the Bay of Biscay. Since then, modern Europe, with all the recognized nations and stuff, has become a big deal. The French Republic and the Kingdom of Spain have been established as sovereign states, claiming land that was once the Basque Country. But despite the constant turmoil, generally unrelated to the Basques, that consumed the people and politics of their land, their culture survived and thrives still today.
What most of us already know is that we have a boat load of Basque culture right here in Johnson County. Like, a boat load from a boat that would bring a whole lot of Basque people to the Americas from Spain. The Basques worldwide have an enormous amount of cultural identity spanning from their vast array of traditional foods to the arsenal of wind and percussion instruments played in Basque folk tunes.
What you may not know, but definitely should know, is that all of the rich Basque culture and history will be celebrated in just a few short weeks, July 21-24, in Buffalo at the annual meeting of the North American Basque Organizations. 2017 marks the 36th anniversary of the Big Horn Basque Club. The Club and the Buffalo community are thrilled to share our town with folks from around the continent who are eager and excited to celebrate and share Basque culture.
Visit the Big Horn Basque Club’s website to find out more by CLICKING HERE!