Best regards, our friend/reader. With the end of this year, our project has completed over 15 years online and has seen 16 end/ beginnings of the year. This time the end of 2016 was not so good, but facing the new year we strive to remain optimistic with the idea that 2017 will bring us new opportunities. It has been a bad year in economic terms, but it has provided us the opportunity to feel and value the warmth of solidarity in the face of the hard blow that the non-renewal of the support traditionally provided by the Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa for the bulletin meant. Our priority will be to increase our revenues and recover that partnership.
Finally, the six prizes turned into seven, since we raffled two copies of the classic “taco” calendar from Arantzazu. The prizes are headed for Navarre (1), Argentina (4), the US (1) and Uruguay (1). Participants came from 13 different countries and the number of entries was a little bit lower: 201. Zorionak to all of our winners, and to everyone else, hang on until our next raffle in the beginning of February.
The naming event was attended by officials and many family members and friends of this Basque-Argentine that passed away last March. Son of Basque immigrants from Baxenabarre and Xiberoa, Oscar Arla was part of the University first as a student, then as a teacher and a director. Arla was distinguished in pelota paleta and transmitted his Basqueness and love for his Basque origin to his children, especially to Mariana, who is a very active member and a reference of Euskaltzaleak and the Iparraldeko Euskal Etxea in Buenos Aires.
The new deadline to apply is February 1st. The William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is looking for an Assistant Professor. Interested persons must have a Ph.D., preferentially in Economic Anthropology; or Economic History with a focus on the Basque Country and its cooperatives. Other considered disciplines include political science and gender studies. The job will begin no later than August , 2017.
The Basque community in Tierra del Fuego has, since September, had a reference and a place - for now virtual - to resort to, to deepen their knowledge about the culture and current affairs of Euskal Herria, as well as to make their contribution to the project, which hopes to materialize soon. The invitation comes from Ushuaia, a city that has already given a place to the members of the center in formation, both in cultural spaces and in the parade held on the city’s anniversary.
The Laurak Bat Basque Club in Buenos Aires won’t have much time to rest this summer since it is in the middle of finalizing details for its 140th anniversary activities. The program will begin in March and even if there are a few ends to tie up, like surprises that won’t be revealed until it’s time to celebrate, we can anticipate the main proposals.
There are six prizes: two calendars (One from NABO and the classic “tako” from Arantzazu), a book-CD (about Manex Pagola, the author of songs like “Urtxintxak oihanean,” with text and recordings,) a book Euskera for Spanish Speakers, and two CDs “Herri Miña, Songs of Being Far Away and Return,” for those in the Diaspora who are nostalgic; and “Bidarte,” by Patxi eta Konpania, essential for Basque circle dances. Last chance
The Gure Mendietakoak Basque Club in Caldas, Antioquia, closed 2016 very satisfied with its activities and its contribution to making people aware and sharing the Basque culture in this part of Colombia. Among its activities, the club emphasized the gathering and its traditional participation at the Medellin Book Fair, at Basque family gatherings and in genealogy…
Recently, some members of this young Patagonian Basque club gathered at an end of year dinner and proposed a new first activity to begin 2017: an outing that includes a walk to the mouth of the Confluencia, a natural luxury, to enjoy its panoramic views. After lunch, there will be an afternoon of open air Basque games, near the joint of the Neuquen and Limay rivers. The walk is easy and allows anyone wishing to, to participate.
This institution founded in 1877, the Basque-Navarran Charity Center in Havana, better known now as the Euskal Etxea of Cuba – Cubako Euskal Etxea, celebrated its General Assembly on December 18th and reviewed the year while presenting plans for 2017. One of the main concerns for the coming year will be the celebration of the 140th anniversary of the club that will be celebrated with a week of activities in July. “Everyone is invited,” club president Renato Garcia Egusquiza said.