Nancy Zubiri - Jaialdi A Celebration of Basque Culture - Book Signing - Boise

Friday, July 29, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

First held in 1987, Jaialdi is the United States's largest Basque festival and takes place in Boise every five years. Through vivid photography and a recounting of personal interviews with event founders and organizers, Jaialdi: A Celebration of Basque Culture provides a stunning account of how the ancient traditions of these industrious people are showcased through the activities and events of Jaialdi. 
Organized and staffed entirely by volunteers, Jaialdi attracts 35,000 to 50,000 visitors from around the world. Attendees enjoy festivities featuring Basque culture, including dancing, music, food, and competitive feats of strength. Photographer Jon C. Hodgson captures the spirit and merriment of the festival in vivid detail, taking readers on a journey into the heart of Basque culture. Coupled with author Nancy Zubiri's observations from her own attendance at nearly every Jaialdi since 1987, the book reveals how Boise's Basque community has committed to host the festival and why the celebration remains so popular today. 

The Basque diaspora to the United States began in the late 1800s when these determined immigrants came seeking a new life filled with opportunities. Many were sheepherders who adapted to American life while maintaining their ties to the traditions of the Basque Country. Jaialdi: A Celebration of Basque Culture illuminates how this festival honors these traditions and captures the essence of the ancient Basque people, who are preserving their heritage while embracing life in the twenty-first-century West.

About the Author:

Nancy Zubiri is an author and journalist who has written about Basque culture for more than two decades. She is the editor of, which focuses on Basque culture, people, and Basque-American events. Her interest in the Basque community came from her father, who immigrated from the Basque town of Aldudes. She is the author of A Travel Guide to Basque America: Families, Feasts, and Festivals

Jon C. Hodgson is a Basque-American photojournalist who has had a passion for photography since he was a child growing up on the island of Jamaica. His photos have been published internationally in books, magazines, and newspapers, and exhibited at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise, Idaho.

Event address: 
180 North 8th Street
Boise, ID 83702
Jaialdi: A Celebration of Basque Culture (The Basque Series) By Nancy Zubiri, Jon C. Hodgson (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Nancy Zubiri, Jon C. Hodgson (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781647790530
Availability: On Our Shelves Now in Boise or Caldwell
Published: University of Nevada Press - June 15th, 2022

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