This is another nice resource. Google has, on their book archive, a number of texts related to the Basques. These tend to be older books that are out of copyright, which means you aren’t going to find Kurlansky’s The Basque History of the World, but you will find a number of gems. In particular, there are a lot of texts — all of which can be downloaded in either PDF or plain text format — that describe the Basque Country of the late 1800s and early 1900s, or the history of the Basque Country as viewed at that time. Two particular items of note are books on legends and folktales of the Basques:
Again, it has been a long while since I’ve added or posted to the pages. Sorry, everyone. Life keeps getting in the way. The site is not dead — I have new things I want to do with the site, I just need to make the time to update more often. I have some interviews in progress, I have ideas for other interviews, and there are a number of items I want to share with everyone. As always, if anyone wants to contribute to Buber’s Basque Page, please let me know.
Google has just announced that they are hosting an archive of photos that have appeared in Life magazine. In particular, there are about 200 photos related to the Basques, many of sheepherders in the American West, as shown here. Actually, most of the photos are of sheepherders and sheepherding.
Looking at the details of the archive a bit closer, many of these photos never appeared in Life magazine itself, they are from their archived of unpublished photos. Also, all of the photos I’ve found so far are black and white, suggesting they are not the more recent photos (or that Life doesn’t have any photos related to the Basques that are more recent).
However, more searching does bring up other photos. For example, a search on “Bilbao” brought up this photo (among others) showing the night sky with the smokestacks in the background.
If anyone searches through the archive and finds any really interesting photos, please post the links here and share with the rest of us. I’m sure there are some real gems in there.
Malgorzata K. Czarkowska, who I met during a visit to my dad’s family in Munitibar a number of years ago, and who was spending the summer visiting Euskal Herria and getting to know the people, sent me some very nice photos from her time there. She goes after the people a little bit more, juxtaposing the old traditions with the new changes going on. The gallery of her photographs can be found in the Photo Album.