Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture

 Home page

 About the Foundation

 Pete's Memoirs:
      Boise to Bizkaia

  Community Grants

 Basque Studies Program

 Links & Resources

 Photo Gallery

 News Releases

 Board of Advisors



 Eskerrik asko!

Basque Arborglyph Study

From Passport in Time

July 12–16, 19–23

Must commit to 1 full session

In 1889, Jose Navarro and Antonia Azcuenaga embarked on a dangerous journey to Idaho in search of a better life. They were from Bizkaia, Spain, and had spent the last several years in Nevada. In the desert of the Owyhee Uplands, they became lost and were without water. Nearly dead with thirst, they abandoned their belongings and rode their packhorse to safety. Months later, Navarro and Azcuenaga returned to the spot where they had nearly died to retrieve the clothes they had left behind. This is one of the first recorded experiences of Basques in Idaho.

In the years since, Basque immigrants have built a rich and enduring legacy in Idaho. The FS and Basque Museum and Cultural Center have formed a partnership to document Basque history on the Boise NF. This project will focus on the aspen tree carvings left by Basque sheepherders along historical-period stock driveways. Given the relatively short life span of aspen, it is important that this information be gathered as soon as possible. Volunteers will help locate, record, photograph, and possibly videotape the tree carvings within the North and Middle Forks Boise River drainages.

Number of openings: 8 per session

Special skills: Must be in good physical condition and able to hike over moderate to steep terrain in summer temperatures; we may be 1–2 miles from the vehicles during the course of the day

Minimum age: 14 years old; under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: Tent or trailer camping with FS staff in project camp; FS will provide water, solar showers, and toilets; volunteers responsible for own camping gear and food; most services in historic Idaho City; several nice hot springs in the area

Nearest town: Idaho City, 30 miles on gravel road

Applications due: April 15

<<< go back to previous page or <<< click here to logout


Content Directory

2011 Symposium Presentations

News Archives
Creating news around the world

Cenarrusa Foundation Information
Public information about the Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture

Cultural Programs
Basque cutural programs supported by the Cenarrusa Foundation

Information Library


  • Top of Page • News Releases About Contact Community Grants Copyright Links & Resources 
  logo created by Izar Iribarren-Gorrindo arbola web site is a service to the Basque community by iPlan