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Basque music & history

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

I must admit that I haven’t thought about Basques in New York, even though I have a Basque-English dictionary.* But here they are, playing music, next Saturday afternoon.

Marilu Navas of the Society of Basque Studies will moderate an afternoon of Basque music with cultural and historical commentary, with the participation of Euzko Etxea—The Basque Club of New York and the Basque International Cultural Center, at 2 pm Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. It’s free with museum admission.

The history of Basque immigration to the New World begins about 200 years ago. According to A Travel Guide to Basque America, Basque navigators came to Mexico with the Spaniards, and many joined the Mexican fight for independence from Spain. The first Basques in the United States worked in California, and for decades afterward Basque communities were primarily (entirely?) in the Western states, which explains why they don’t show up on my radar of New York immigration.

*The Basque language (Euskara) is very interesting because it’s not an Indo-European language, and, in fact, according to The Languages of the World, “no connection between Basque and any other language has ever been proven.”