Last year, a group of descendants of emigrants from Isaba, Navarre, Spain met in Isaba with distant cousins they never knew they had. They met with the descendants of those brothers and sisters of their ancestors who stayed in Isaba. They saw the houses their ancestors came from, walked the same streets, and enjoyed the same way of life, though briefly, their ancestors enjoyed before trekking to the United States.
This time, it is New Mexico’s turn to host those whose ancestors stayed behind, to show them the land where those emigrants went to. From September 30 to October 3, a group of Basques from Isaba will visit New Mexico and learn about this distant land their cousins left for to search for a new life. The schedule of events is below. If you or anyone you know might be interested in participating, contact firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30!
- Sept 30: Conferences and institutional receptions at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque. Documentary film on Navarre and Isaba. Wine and cheese tasting from Navarre and Roncal.
- Oct 1: Visit footsteps of Isaba emigrants in NM. Vaughn (Church, cemetery). Descendants of emigrants’ ranches and cowboy food.
- Oct 2: Balloon fiesta and trip to Santa Fe Plaza, Palace of the Governors, Rancho de las Golondrinas.
- Oct 3: Visit to Acoma Pueblo and climb to top of Sandia Crest.