North American Basque Organizations
  A federation of organizations to sustain BASQUE culture


  Izan ziralako, gara, eta garalako izango dira  
"Because they were, we are, and because we are they will be"
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Eguberri eta
Urte Berri On!

Merry Christmas &
Happy New Year!

Feliz Navidad y
Prospero A
ño Nuevo!

Joyeux No
ël et
Bonne Ann




GURE KULTURA: Basque Culture

Where does one begin to define culture:  music, song, dance, language, religion, traditions, cuisine . . .  It is all of these and more.  There are some unique aspects of the culture (e.g., the language Euskara which has its own distinct branch on the linguistic tree) but the Basques have also demonstrated their willingness to adopt outside influences (e.g., the  fandango or jota which was introduced into the Basque country about a century ago and today nearly serves as the national dance).  Basque culture is a "big-small world."  Small because of the relative size of Euskal Herria (the Basque Country in Europe which is not more than 100 miles in any direction) yet big because of the abundance of sustained cultural expressions. 
In general, culture is made up of three distinct yet integrated layers:

Thinking:  language, symbols & artifacts
Behaving: customs, practices & interactional patterns
Valuing: shared values, norms, beliefs & expectations

For more information about Basque culture, follow the links at SITEMAP to that "big-small world."


Recreate + Educate = Perpetuate is the website of the North American Basque Organizations, Inc. (N.A.B.O.) a federation of organizations for the promotion of Basque culture. Helping to make this website possible is the Basque Autonomous Government of Euskadi.  Please send inquiries to  For links to all our pages on this website click on SITEMAP