Many people would be surprised to learn that the town of Boise, Idaho houses the largest concentration of Basque descendants outside of Europe – around 16,000 people. In fact, the mayor of Boise, Ben Bieter, is himself a descendent and can speak Euskara.
Evidence of the Basque culture can easily be found in Boise and surrounding cities. There is a Basque Museum and Cultural Center as well as several Basque eateries in the area known as “Basque Block”. Eateries include Leku Ona, Bar Gernika (where the signature dish is beef tongue), and The Basque Market. The following mural outside the Cultural Center depicts some typical images of Basque life such as dancing, playing the Trikitixa, and stone lifting.
Video of the San Inazio Festival in Boise that celebrates the Basque patron saint, Ignatius of Loyola. They are playing the txalaparta: