Basque Dancers at Jaialdi
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The Basque people have existed for thousands of years in the western Pyrenees that spans the border between France and Spain. They have since spread all over the world yet remain unified through their rich culture which is strongly rooted in music and dance.
Boise, Idaho has the largest population of Basques in the United States and hosts the "Jaialdi" festival every 5 years where tens of thousands of Basques from across the globe converge for a week of celebrating the culture that defines them. This photo shows a Basque Dance group in traditional attire performing a popular dance.
Scores of Basque organizations exist in the United States ranging from informal clubs to highly skilled music and dance groups. These organizations are the backbone of a national social network of Basque-Americans who perpetuate their culture from generation to generation.
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