In early years Jim Jausoro and the late Domingo Ansotegui from Boise accompanied them with their life music, and now Jim is playing with Juan Zulaika. What is most unique about the group is that they represent families from Caldwell surrounding areas that otherwise might not be able to take their children to Boise to learn. They have kids from Kuna, Nampa, Caldwell, Parma, Homedale and Marsing.
The director of the group is Gloria Garatea Lejardi, a boisean that learned Basque dance, language and culture in both the Basque Country and America. She is asisted by Teresa Uranga Ryska. Their goal for the group is to give the children pride and knowledge of their Basque culture through dance. Gloria hopes that through dancing they will gain an interest in the many aspects of Basque culture, history and language. "This interest for me has become a lifelong learning process and I hope this is passed on to other", she says.
The group practices weekly at the Catholic Church hall, from September to April. Members are of a young age but when they are old enough some of the dancers continue with the Oinkaris in Boise. They annually perform at Caldwell’s Homecoming, they have also danced at Boise’s Jaialdi as well as at other community events.
City code: 83628
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