Ramon Ysursa passed away on Wednesday in Boise. He was a well-known North-American Basque born in Boise and a unique member of the Basque community. Ramon Ysursa is the father of the Idaho Secretary of State, Ben Ysursa, as well as of historian and Basque-American author John Ysursa, who served as NABO’s facilitator for years and is currently a professor at Boise State University and director of its Basque Studies Consortium.
He may have been the first Basque to travel on Air Force One. Boise’s Mayor, Basque-American Dave Bieter, had to travel from Washington DC to Boise, and at the last minute got a friend to help him out. The friend, Barack Obama and the means of transport, one of the most exclusive in the world: the presidential airplane Air Force One. What did they talk about during the trip? Well, among other things, his grandfather who came to the US as a sheepherder (vídeo)
EuskalKultura.com is featuring a new section, a blog space signed by different people in the Basque Country as well as in the Diaspora that will include opinions, information, comments and reflections on Basque Diaspora and Culture topics. First signer are Noel Elorga from Bidarrai, Lower Navarre; Pedro J. Oiarzabal, from the University of Deusto, in Bilbao; and Marita Echave, from Coronel Moldes, Argentina along with a post and a general presentation by Joseba Etxarri, director of EuskalKultura.com. You can see the posts on the front page, after the photo gallery. Each blogger chooses his/her language, so that there will be entries in English, Basque, Spanish and French.
The year has started strong for the Basque community in Cuba as it hosted the 11th edition of the international conference on the Basque Diaspora “Euskal Herria Mugaz Gaindi” on January 12-14th. On this occasion, the main focus of the conference was the history of Basques in Cuba, and during the three days various researchs were presented on the topic.
After the festivities in Donostia, the Diaspora continues its Tamborradas until Sunday. They started at Basque clubs in Paris and New York, last weekend and next weekend they will take place in Madrid, Caracas, Murcia, Mexico, Valladolid and Shanghai
Before the flags went up in Donostia and Azpeitia, Basque clubs in Paris and New York were in charge of ushering in the Tamborrada festivities in the Diaspora last Saturday, beginning a party that will jump from club to club all week long. On Monday Madrid, Barcelona, Arrecifes and Lima followed suit; on Tuesday Necochea and coming soon, Mexico, Murcia, Caracas, Valladolid and Shanghai. We leave you with some photos of what’s happened to date; more to come!
Berri Txarrak fans in the Diaspora will soon have the opportunity to see the Navarran group live during its 2015 tour to present its latest work Denbora da poligrafo bakarra (Time is the only Polygraph). The tour began in Donostia with four historic concerts that sold out. This Friday they will be in Bordeaux and on Saturday in Paris. Afterwards they will be in Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt and just announced a concert in the US, in Texas.
The sounds of the Tamborrada will begin this year in Paris and New York where the respective Basque clubs have invited members and friends to celebrate tomorrow. Once the party begins there will be no rest through all of next week. Of course, in Azpeitia and Donostia, the place it was originated, but also in Madrid, Barcelona, Arrecifes, Necochea (where the Donostia festival is a major event that includes an entire week of activities), Caracas, Murcia, Mexico, Valladolid, Shanghai….
The Miami Basque club has begun the year inviting everyone to a special event n February 21. The event is called “1st Annual Winter Kirolak Picnic & Paella Competition” and will include paella, food, good wine, music, herri kirolak, mus and a great Basque time. All proceeds will go to Joseba Larrazabal.
Old Havana, in the heart of the historic district of the Cuban capital, will be the site of the Eleventh International Conference of Euskal Herria Mugaz Gaindi, dedicated this time to Basques in Cuba. The event is being co-organized by the Center for Basque Studies of the University of Nevada, Reno and the Basque Government in cooperation with the Basque-Navarran Charitable Association Basque club in Havana, among others.