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1982tik, AEBko gobernuko Arteen Funts Nazionalak National Heritage Fellowship (NEA) emanez artista tradizionalak antzematen ditu.

Saria, Bess Lomax Hawesek sortu zuen, NEAko Arte Tradizional eta Folk Programaren lehen zuzendariak. Gure beti irakurleentzat izen hau ezaguna izan daiteke, bere nebaren bilketa lan bikainari buruzko artikulua idatzi genuelako, Alan Lomax, gure herrialdean zehar 60 urteetan sortutako folklorista.

Aurton, 10 sarituen artean euskal musikari bat aurkitzen dugu: Dan Arostegui. Eta 30 urteetan zehar zabaldu den lanagatik antzeman da, musika atalean (hainbat alditan aipatu dugun “Amuma says no” taldea) edota euskal dantza tradizionalean egindako lanagatik (Oinkari taldea, blog honetan hainbat alditan aipatu duguna). Antzemate honen arrazoia era honetan laburtzen da sariaren aurkezpen testuan:

The depth and breadth of Ansotegui’s craft, abilities, and mentorship have reinforced the vibrancy and health of the Basque community in Idaho and throughout the Great Basin region, securing cultural continuity for generations to come. His efforts serve as living links in the historical chain that maintains cultural connections between ancestral and living communities.
(Ansoteguiren lanaren sakontasun eta zabalera, gaitasunak eta tutoriak, Idahoko eta Arro Handiko euskal komunitatearen bizitasuna eta osasuna indartu ditu, hurrengo belaunaldientzat kulturaren jarraipena ziurtatuz. Hauen esfortsua, antzinako eta gaur egungo komunitateen arteko lotura kulturalak mantentzen dituen kate historikoak lotzeko balio dute.)

Euskal Kulturaren eta gure aberkideek AEBko komunitateari eginiko ondareak gero eta antzemate handiagoa du herrialde hartan. Blog honetan eragin handia duen presentzi eta ondarea.

Gainera, antzemate hau, musikari ezagun eta tradizional batek herrialde hartan jaso dezakeen garrantzitsuena, ez da kasu berezi edo bakarra.

1985ean, antzemate honen sorreratik hiru urtetara, Jimmy Jausoro, Idahoko euskal soinujolea, sarituetako bat zen.

Eta hau nahikoa izango ez balitz, 2003an, taldean, Kalifornia eta Wyomingo Jesus Arriada, Johnny Curutchet, Martin Goicoechea, eta Jesus Goni bertsolariek, sari hau jaso zuten.

Oso zaila da, hitzetan, euskaldun bezala, munduan zehar dauden aberdikeekiko sentitzen dugun harrotasun eta eskerrak adieraztea. Hauek gure kultura, hizkuntza eta tradizioak mantentzeko eta zabaltzeko esfortsua egiten dute. Maitasunagatik egiten duten esfortsua; beraiek jatorriarekiko eta kulturarekiko maitasuna.

National Heritage Fellowship (NEA)-k AEBko euskal artista ezagunei emandako sari ezberdinen fitxak partekatzen ditugu.

 

NEA NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIPS – 2019 – AEB

Dan Ansotegui

Dan Ansotegui was raised by the scents and tastes of his mother’s cooking and the sound of his father’s music. The music came from the accordion and the aromas that filled the house were brought to this country by his grandmother Epi. His exposure to the traditions of the Basque Country prepared him for a life of immersive study, commitment to preservation, and a talent for performance. Through his role as master, mentor, and entrepreneur, Ansotegui is a bearer of Basque music, dance, and foodways traditions that contribute to the creative growth and sustainability of his cultural community.

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NEA NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIPS – 2003 – AEB

Basque Poets

Language and the oral tradition have long served as central markers of Basque identity. Basques refer to themselves in their own language as Euskaldunak, or “speakers of Basque.” The Basques who came to the western United States, first with the California Gold Rush and later to work as sheepherders, have retained their connection to Basque language and culture. As a result, the improvisational poetry tradition, known as bertsolaritza, is one of the most revered forms of Basque artistic expression. At festivals and gatherings, the bertsolari (poets) sing improvised rhyming stanzas in a variety of pre-determined forms on pre-selected topics in public verbal jousting sessions.

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NEA NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIPS – 1985 – AEB

Jimmy Jausoro

Jimmy Jausoro was born December 30, 1920, in Nampa in southwest Idaho. His parents had migrated to Idaho from the Basque country in Spain, looking for a better life. His father, Tom Jausoro, worked as a miner, and his mother, Tomasa, was a housewife; together they operated a boardinghouse called The Spanish Hotel. Jausoro recalled: “We all worked hard. We all had our chores to do, but it was a more sedate life than it is today. When I was a kid, I’d take care of the chickens and the rabbits. I sold papers on the street, and I’d run to the butcher shop for a soup bone every day.”

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KTVB – 18/6/2019 -AEB

Boise Basque musician wins the highest honor for folk and traditional artists in the country

Dan Ansotegui is an instrumental part of the Basque community in Boise and his role in the community’s music scene was cemented on Tuesday after he became a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship – the highest honor for folk and traditional artists in the country. Ansotegui is a businessman, family man, teacher, and musician. But he says he doesn’t see himself as the type to receive awards like the Fellowship.

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