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Basque teacher needed in Seattle: More than 150 people study Basque in USA/Canada

09/19/2014

The secret to a solid class lies in “making the students participate” (photo EuskalKultura.com)

After a decline last year, the Basque student numbers in NABO clubs has regained momentum and has grown once again this semester, even without definite numbers from Elko and New York.  A Basque teacher is urgently needed in Seattle, WA.  It seems that the Euskara Munduan Program (Basque in the World) is playing an important role in training future teachers, Itxaso Cayero, Co-Coordinator of Euskera for NABO, told EuskalKultura.com. 

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Thanks to the Gure Etxe Maitea Basque Club, Basque comes to Olavarria for the first time ever, every two weeks

09/19/2014

First Basque class at the Gure Etxe Maitea in Olavarria

The second class meeting will take place tomorrow, September 20th, at 14:30 at the Euskal Etxea.  Classes are free, and are part of the Euskara Munduan program ,taught in Olavarria by Elisabet Echegaray from the Gure Txokoa Basque Club of Azul.   Today, members and friends of Gure Etxe Maitea will celebrate the arrival of spring with a dinner/show. 

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“The Basques in Las Heras” compiles Basque family stories since the foundation of Las Heras to the present

09/18/2014

The cover of “The Basques in Las Heras”

The book is the third publication of the AMES Association (Amigos del Museo Esteban Semino/Friends of the Esteban Semino Museum) and gathers stories of families of Basque origin from their arrival to the Argentinean area of General Las Heras to the present, based on testimonies that descendants of the first immigrants could gather.  The Basques of Las Heras also includes photographs, and a prologue by historian Mikel Ezkerro as well as illustrations by architect Carlos Moreno. 

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The Basque Government has published several changes to the Basque Clubs grant decree

09/18/2014

The Basque Goverments headquarters, in Vitoria-Gasteiz

The Official Bulletin of the Basque Country published yesterday a decree by the Lehendakari that changes several parts of the Basque Clubs grant decree. The changes aim to provide, among other objectives, a better determination of the selection and valoration criteria for the grants. This publication is a previous step to the publication of the call for the 2014 grants, that is expected in the next weeks.

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Christian Etxeberria: “I practice Euskera every Sunday from Santiago on Skype with my 'penpal' in Lazkao”

09/18/2014

Christian Etxeberria, medical technician and Basque language student/teacher in Santiago, Chile

Christian is very happy in his profession.  He spends the day among x-rays and bone scintigraphs, as a medical technologist, as his specialty is called in Chile.  His work consists of, performing tests, mostly on women, to determine their cancer status.  Basque is another source of satisfaction for him. 

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Positive feedback from the first Basque Culture Workshop given by Mariana Fernandez Castelli at Gure Txokoa in Azul

09/18/2014

Marian Fernandez Castelli gave a Basque Culture Workshop at the Gure Txokoa Basque club in Azul

Invited by the Gure Txokoa in Azul, Professor Mariana Fernandez Castelli gave a workshop at this Basque association in the Argentinean province of Buenos Aires.  The program covered a wide range of topics, from pre-history to current-day Euskal Herria, in an intensive class.  Along with this news, the Basque club in Azul also invites everyone to participate in the mateada on Spring Day that will take place this Sunday. 

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“I had to write about the Spanish Inquisition,” says author Begoña Echeverria on her novel 'The Hammer of Witches'

09/17/2014

Author Begoña Echeverria with Daniel Montero, publication editor of the Center for Basque Studies at UNR

Basque-Californian sociologist and anthropologist Begoña Echeverria has published many academic articles in fields such as sociolinguistics, anthropology, education, and historical linguistics. Her last article “compares the very different representations of witches in 17th century inquisitor reports and in Basque traditional songs,” she tells EuskalKultura.com. But, apparently, she had more to say about witches, considering the fact that she wrote her first novel on the same topic.

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As part of its 75th Anniversary, the Lagun Onak will give two Basque repertoire concerts in September

09/17/2014

Lagun Onak at its concert at the Basilica of the Holy Sacrament

The Lagun Onak Choral Association of Buenos Aires will return to the stage this month and will do it with two Basque music concerts.  The first function will take place on Sunday the 21st in the “La Usina del Arte” Cultural Center in the La Boca neighborhood, while the second will take place on Thursday the 25th, in the chapel of the Euskal Echea School.  Both presentations are part of the choir’s 75th Anniversary program and admission is free and open to the public. 

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Bizkaia:talent will hold a networking meeting with Basque companies and highly qualified professionals this Saturday in London

09/17/2014

The website of Bizkaia:talent

The Province Government of Biscay, through its organization Bizkaia:talent, has organized a networking meeting in London, aiming to connect 12 Basque leading companies with 85 highly qualified professionals currently residing in the UK. The goal of the meeting is to show those professionals career opportunities in the Basque Country and thus attract talent to Basque companies. Most of the participants are in fact Basque citizens working in the British Isles.

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Diego Moreira, genealogist: “In Brazil we researched the Larrabeitis, Escosteguys... and we want to continue”

09/16/2014

At the Rio Grande do Sul Basque club, in the south of Brazil, a small group of genealogists are working on an ambitious project: research and publish the genealogy of the Basque families in the country.  Diego Moreira Larrabeiti, is directing the project along with Elimar Insaurriaga, and talked to EuskalKultura.com about his passion for this world of family and personal discovery and also about the fact that in spite of the historic Basque presence in the country, many Brazilians don’t know about their Basque origins. “Until 2012, I didn’t even know that Basque clubs existed.  Today, I have participated in the foundation of one of them,” he says.

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