Easily the biggest Basque news in the United States in 2016 is that the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will be featuring the Basque culture this summer. From June 29 to July 4 and from July 7-10, Washington DC will celebrate the Basque culture and the contributions the Basques have made to the world.
You can learn more about the festivities by visiting the Smithsonian website.
A number of other bloggers are also highlighting the festival, and it is worth checking out their take on it: A Basque in Boise, The Center for Basque Studies, euskalkultura.com, Euskal Kazeta, Basque Whalers, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival itself.
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Speaking of Basque Whalers, there is an article in Piecework magazine, ” Wool, Whaling and the Red Bay Burial, January/February 2014. The article includes instruction on how to knit a Basque whaler’s cap based on fragment found in a burial excavation of a Basque whaling station in Red Bay, Labrador, Canada.
It looks very simple, even modern–almost like a skull cap.