This article was translated by John R. Bopp
This is not the first time we’ve shared one of the enlightening articles written by Iker Saitua about the Basque presence in the Western US. Today, we’re bringing you yet another example of his contributions to better understanding the reach of the history of the Basques west of the Mississippi thanks to an article in the Elko Daily, which we’ve cited on numerous occasions.
This time, Iker tells us the story of the first Basque festival held in the Western US, which we can consider the grandfather of all the Basque festivals that are celebrated out west.
As ever, this passionate story shows the strength, vitality, and organizational skills of the Basque communities all over the world.
Unfortunately, it’s quite hard to read the Elko Daily’s website because of the EU’s GDP rules.
So, yours truly got in touch with the editor and the article’s author so we could copy the article in a .pdf format and bring it to you here. Thanks to their generosity, you can read the whole thing here. If you’re not in the EU, please visit their site directly!
Elko Daily – 17/7/2018 – USA
1959 Basque Festival: The Woodstock of the Basque-American community in the West
On June 5, 1959, early in the morning, Pete Itcaina passed away in Elko. He was 79. The Salt Lake Tribune obituary said: “One of the West’s most colorful characters died here early Friday morning.” Itcaina was remembered as a dedicated, hard-working sheepman. “He just made money and kept working,” a Basque immigrant remembered him.