Notes to Buber

Here, you can leave notes for me to answer. Be aware, I’ll make these public, so others might weigh in as well. I’m doing this as a number of people have left comments on the “About BBP” page, suggesting I need a spot for people to leave random thoughts and comments about Basque Culture and this site.

47 thoughts on “Notes to Buber”

  1. Kaixo lagun!
    Reading about this book, Im remembering the legend from North Cape, Norway. The Basques where here also. And on Spitsbergen/Svalbard too.
    Just a few kilometres from the northernmost point of Europe you can still see the ruins of a Basque whaling station where they cooked the oil out of the whale fat.
    Its just a kilometer walk away from the road, in the bottom of a very strategic fjord for whalehunting. We know about this historical site, but I guess the Basques themself has to care of their own history.
    What this shows is the very old connection between Basques and other indigenous in Europe, because this is Sami /Laponian land since glacier time.
    Its funny also because of the gentetical connections between Basques an Sami on the mthDNA-side from more than 7.000 years back. There waqs a connection when the ice retarted from Europa, and it had its connections later.
    History is still an adventure.
    The best form Stein in Karasjok
    awaiting Dalai Lama these days

    1. I am/was, Sandra Lee Boatman. for 53 years, I did not understand my need to carve wood, or my warrior nature. I recently found out that I am 81% basque. I need to know more. I need to; “rediscover,” myself. Please help me.

  2. Has much research been done on Basque people and their DNA? I just did a Nat Geo DNA test and found some interesting results. I was originally hoping to find if my Father’s side was from that area. Things are pointing that way.

    1. There certainly is a lot of research, but I don’t know of a nice, concise summary. Unfortunately, I’m not an expert in this area either. What I might suggest is contacting the Boise Basque Museum as they might know more. I know there are efforts to “swab” Basques in the area and they might know more about how to interpret the results.

      1. Would this be a good place to start into the history of my family. I am taking on the Ezkibel name because I my grandmother’s on both sides of my family had the name and I miss one of them very much. I also have always been fascinated with genealogy and would like to know where to look in northern Spain for this info. Thank you.

        1. Greetings,
          You may want to check out the Hispanic Genealogy Research Center of New Mexico as well as the site of the Main Library of Albuquerque, NM. There is a genealogy librarian –e mail
          There are many Basque names in New Mexico but they arrived so long ago that they lost ties with Spain.

          To find your roots, you may have a long road ahead as there is not a centralized place to look for information.

          There may be in northern Spain some small genealogy organization–there are several in France, across the Spanish border and I believe they help each other. One is AME and acronym Association Memoire (memory) of Emigration ( close enough) .Google AME + immigration.

          Good luck on your journey.

          PS: In general, the name of a living person will not appear on a genealogy tree.

    1. Thanks for sharing John! I met him when I was in Idaho during Christmas as he stopped by my parents’ house. An entertaining guy. He seemed like a great resource for the area.

  3. Hello, I am really happy that I found this site! I have resources in Euskara and was trying to find a community of people who cared that I did….but more importantly spoke and understand Euskara. Please go to…this is a site the seeks to improve how people cope with life. To that end ( not to earn money) that site supports almost 700 languages.

    Happy exploring!

    Amelia Roberts RN BSN

  4. Hello! I am doing some research on my family’s coat-of-arms. My last name is Madarieta. There’s not much information out there, and was wondering if you could think of any resources? Specifically, I am looking for information on what the different symbols mean. For example, on my coat-of-arms, there are four yellow stars alternating with red and white checked circles, surrounded by eight chain links. I want to know what they represent. I checked with our local Basque Center in Boise and was advised to ask you!

    Eskerrik asko!

  5. Hi There,

    How are you? I work for TravelNevada, the state tourism board and we are working to develop more information surrounding the Basque culture within the state. After doing a google search for Basque sheepherding, I couldnt help but fall in love with the image of the man holding two lambs. I wanted to see if you would consider consenting authorization to use this image, along with any additional photos, on

    When you get a minute, can you please send me an email? Thanks in advance for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you soon! 🙂

    Sydney Martinez

    1. Sydney, which image do you mean exactly? I would have to know exactly which one it is to know if it is mine or if I got it from someone else.

  6. My wife told me 2 students arrrived at her school today that spoke a language the parents did not think anyone would be able to speak or understand. They have limited English language speaking skills, and they are from Spain. They said it started with a B. So, after reading your blog, I’m thinking they speak either Bizkaian or Batua. Are there any other dialects from Spain that they might speak? They are trying to find a way to communicate with them easier. Any language translating resources you have for these would be really helpful!

    1. Hi Spencer,

      Not that I know of, but there could be other dialects that I’m not aware of. In Valencia, they speak a dialect of Spanish (I think, it may have different roots). It starts with a “V”, but in Spanish the “V” makes a “B” sound.

      Depending on where you live, there might be Basques near by. But if they are from Spain, they should also speak Spanish, regardless of whatever other languages they speak.


  7. Kaixo, my name is Georgina: a former Brummy (from Birmingham UK) totally integrated into the Basque farming community in Ituren. I have lived here for over 14 years, with my 10 year old English/Basque daughter. Having just celebrated the wild, pagan Ituren carnivals with my neighbours and the Joaldunak of Ituren, I thought your readers may be interested in the trials and tribulations of a suburban Brummy in a traditional Basque mountain community. Here is the blog I wrote about a Brummy in Ituren:
    All thoughts, questions etc. are welcome!
    Eskerrik Asko!

  8. Kaixo Buber
    Having lived and worked among the mountain Basque people of northern Navarre for almost two decades your readers may find the article ‘Working with the Basques’ of interest – especially from an Anglo Saxon Perspective.
    In this blog you will also find articles on the nature of the ‘Basque Etxea’ – is inheriting the family farm always what the family wants and other articles about the Basque Code of Honour in the Baztan Valley.
    I look forward to hearing what you think
    Eskerrik asko


  9. Hi Buber,

    I was wondering if you still allow guest columns to be written? The contact link on the page seems not to be working. Please let me know as there is something I would like to share with the community.


  10. Hi,

    Can’t see any mention of this on the site but you and your readers may be interested in learning that there is now .EUS top level domain for Basque websites.

    To apply, sites have to be partially in Basque or treat the subject of Basque culture. So could become!

    More information here :

    – Neil

  11. Greetings
    I have one or two photos of the exterior of the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao that I took last year. Would you be interested in posting them? How?

    1. Hi Monique. If you want to send them to me, I can add them to the photo gallery. I have a few places I have photos from guests.

  12. Greetings,
    Just to let you and your readers know that the Juan Bautista de Anza Society conference to be held in Pueblo, Co, in Sept. is looking for Speakers.
    Juan Bautista de Anza Bezerra Nieto was born in Mexico, so was his father, however, his grandparents came from the Basque country–the Cantabria Mountains.

    Also, there is a neat article on Google ” Basque Capital and the settlement of the Southwestern United States” by Stephen T. Bass dealing with three well known Basque settlers.


  13. What did the Basque have to do with Christopher Columbus?

    When Christopher Columbus made his legendary voyage in 1492 he chose the longest, least known, and most dangerous route west. Why? The Bacalao Conspiracy makes the claim that it was the Basque who conspired to force him south in order to protect a great secret.
    The Bacalao Copnspiracy is a four novel collection that explores the world of Christopher Columbus through the eyes of his mother, his wife, and his mistress. It examines the Basque, who used these women, and a fish to change … everything.
    Visit to learn more about the conspiracy and to see the timetable for publication. Visit to see how you can support this project.

  14. Greetings,
    there is a black and white movie in Spanish with English subtitles that I saw in the late 70’s at UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) –the only thing I remember about the title was the word “angel”. the theme was the treatment of the Basques during the Franco regime.
    My sentiment is that many of you are very young but maybe, just maybe someone has seen the movie. If so, would you remember the full title?
    Poignant as it was, I would like to see the movie again.
    Thank you much.


  15. Greetings,
    The University of New Mexico is presenting several Iberian films. The first one is “Flowers (Loreak) in Basque with English subtitles. I am not sure how to forward the info. to your Web Site

    If you are interested, send me a PM and I will forward the message to you.

  16. Greetings,
    there is a very nice and educational article in English, in a French digital magazine about the Espelette Basque pepper.

    If you are interested, send me a PM and I will forward the magazine to you. I am sorry to say that I do not know how to monkey with this internet stuff–copy, paste and what not. It will not take long to find the article–the title is ” in praise of piment” In praise of pepper.

  17. Greetings,
    I read your news article reference series 7 of ” Game of Thrones” is going to be filming some of the scenes in the Basque region.

    So it was with great delight that I read in yesterdays Daily Mail ( Fri 16 september 2016) newspaper here in the UK that the beach at Barrika has been chosen as one of the filming locations.

    so just thought I’d let you know as am a great fan of Buber’s Basque page and read it on a regular basis.

    James Koldobika Jeffs

  18. Dear Dr. Joxe Mallea-Olaetxe. I may be of assistance in not only helping preserve the Basque language and history but to save it from falsification and erroneous research. Please email me to discuss.

  19. Greetings
    I have just read on the BBC’s News website and in the Daily Mail News paper that ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna) has agreed to hand over all its weapons and details of it’s arms caches and the organisation will be disarmed by this Saturday the 8th of April.

  20. Kaixo! I am looking for a copy of Sol Silen’s Vascos en el Oeste. My grandfather is in it. My Ama lent it to a sheepherder who took off with it! I know it is rare, but I’m willing to pay a fair asking price.
    Gretchen Zabala Skivington

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