David Cox pointed me to this video. Kepa Junkera is an awesome accordianist (yes, such a thing is possible 😉
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the archive a bit closer, many of these photos never appeared in Life magazine itself, they are from their archived of unpublished photos.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.
It’s been too long since my last update. Sorry folks. I have lots of excuses, but I won’t bore you with them here.
Suffice it to say that I finally changed the poll, so there is at least a new poll.
Inaki of Durango Tatu has sent a number of photos of his work before, which can be seen in the Tattoo Gallery. He sends what may be his most ambitious tattoo yet in terms of incorporating Basque symbols. Also, maybe the most radical in terms of placement on the body! 🙂
I revamped the Photo Album, using the NextGEN Gallery by Alex Rabe, a plugin for WordPress that will hopefully make the Photo Album both easier to update and more visually appealing. Any comments greatly appreciated. I have new photos to add to the Album, which I hope to do soon.
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Dafydd, frequent contributor and poster on the Forum posted this video in the Forum. It is a video of scenes from the Basque Country to the song Txoria Txori as sung by Joan Baez.
The lyrics, as reported on many sites, are:
Hegoak ebaki banizkio
Neria izango zen
Ez zuen aldegingo
Ez zen gehiago txoria izango
Eta nik…txoria nuen maite
The bird which is a bird
If i had cut the wings to her
She would have been mine
She would not be flees
She would not have been anymore a bird
And me…it’s the bird which i loved
In spite of all of the tension that the various regions of Spain often feel for one another, I imagine that, today, much of Spain is celebrating their championship in Euro2008!
This is a site I stumbled across a while ago. It is a site of photos from numerous towns and pueblos of the Basque Country, at least the Spanish side. They have a pretty big list for Bizkaia, Nafarroa and Gipuzkoa, though the Araba section is a bit thin yet. They even have a set of photos from my dad’s home town of Munitibar. And the photos seem to be of good quality.