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
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