Juanita Uberuaga Hormaechea Collection

A Basque Treasure

Among her many accomplishments, Juanita, "Jay" Uberuaga Hormaechea is credited with teaching the first Basque tradi-tional dancing classes in the United States. Jay's lifelong commitment to her heritage is recognized as one of the corner-stones of continuing Basque culture in the United States.

Angie Kearns Blain, a founder of the Boise State University Women's Center, shares her praise of Jay's teaching style which combined dance instruction with culture and music, saying "You could see how the image of the Basque dancers being put on public display was really advantageous to creating this very positive, artful, identity of Basque people."

The Basque Museum & Cultural Center's Juanita Uberuaga Hormachea collection provides a valuable snapshot into the many years of Basque influence in the Boise area during Jay's lifetime. She collected and scrapbooked information regard-ing Basques, including newspaper articles, photos, wedding invitations, obituaries, festival programs, activities, and accom-plishments. Both Jay and her legacy are true Basque treasures.

This collection has been entirely digitized and portions of it are available on our website for research. If you would like to see an entire album, please call the Basque Museum and make arrangements to come and view one of the High Resolution discs.

Click Below to View some samples from this collection:



Pleae check back frequently for additions to this page.


Book 1

Book 8

Book 17

Book 42

Book 74

Book 90

Book 104

Book 119


Visit Jay's Oral History by clicking here.