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Basque Literature

The earliest known text written in Basque is the Linguae Vasconum Primitiae. This is text is a collection of poems by Bernard Detchepare that was published in 1545. It is estimated that between 1545 and 1879, only 101 books were … Continue reading

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Olentzero

Olentzero bezalako (like) Santa Claus Amerikan da. Olentzero meatzari (miner) ikatz (coal) da. Iraganean Olentzero desberdin (different) izan zen. Iraganean Olentzero txapela jantzi zituen (wore) eta pattoka igo zen. Olentzero patxaranak edantzea gustatzen zaizkio. Abenduaren hogeita laua berak jendeak gehiegi … Continue reading

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Basque Block

“Basque Block” Boisen (Idaho) da. Asko euskaldunak Boisen bizi dira. “Basque Block”-ek lau jatetxeak du. “Bar Gernika”-k tabern gustukoena da. Auzoak (neighborhood) museoa eta merkatua ere du. Museoako jaialdi (festival) bat “Winefest” da. Jaialdiak “Winefest,” “San Inazio Festival,” eta “Pete … Continue reading

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The Cathedral of Santa María

The Cathedral of Santa María is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Vittoria-Gastéiz. It built in the late thirteenth century and throughout the fourteenth century. The Gothic cathedral originally acted as a church-fortress and has a Latin cross floor … Continue reading

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Bertsolaritza

The first known example of bertsolaritza that we know today dates back to the 19th century. However, improvisational oral tradition goes back thousands of years. Bertsolaritza is the art of improvisational verse singing that is a part of Basque culture. … Continue reading

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Traditional Basque Instruments

As well as having a very unique language, the Basque people also have a few very unique instruments that make up their more traditional music and even play a role in more modern music. One of those instruments is the … Continue reading

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