By Nancy Zubiri
A commute advisor to Basque America—the first-ever consultant to America’s Basque-American groups, their background, tradition, and festivals—has been a best-seller because it first seemed in 1998. This re-creation updates the unique, directory dozens of recent eating places, Basque cultural golf equipment and cultural occasions, and countless numbers of Basque-related websites that experience seemed because 1998, in addition to including new information regarding fresh occasions within the Basque state, their impression on Basque-Americans, and new cultural and neighborhood efforts to maintain Basque tradition in the USA. this can be the basic consultant for Basque-Americans looking hyperlinks to their old tradition and its place of origin and their opposite numbers within the united states, in addition to for any tourist attracted to exploring considered one of this country’s so much bright and interesting ethnic minorities.
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The very same attributes that distinguish this small cultural group and have helped it survive in its native region may also have been B A S Q U E H I S T O R Y, C U LT U R E & T R A D I T I O N S 28 instrumental in the Basques’ successful adaptation to life in the United States. Like other immigrant groups, the Basques who arrived here tended to be clannish. They married Basques and associated mostly with other Basque immigrants. The Basques shared some similarities with some other prominent immigrant groups, such as the Italians and Irish; namely, many of them also came from poor farming backgrounds, and they held tight to Catholicism.
Over time the lonely herder life became less and less appealing. The number of Basque women immigrating to the United States slowed signiﬁcantly, because with many boardinghouses closing down, fewer jobs were available. The most recent wave of immigrants, during the 1960s, was made up predominantly of men from Hegoalde. “They’re making the same money as we make over here,” said Joe Garde of Bakersﬁeld. “That was the reason we immigrated here before—to make more money. ” Garde, now a bartender, arrived in the United States in 1964 to work for the Bidart brothers’ sheep operation in Bakersﬁeld, one of the biggest in the area.