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"West of the Basques" Documentary

Idaho Public Television brings you West of the Basque, a one-hour documentary on the Basque in Idaho. We trace the lines of history through the generations, from the early days as herders to the prominent spot the descendants of Basque immigrants hold in Idaho today.

Some say the true West was built on the backs of the Basque sheepmen. They came to a hard country that was still making up its mind about what it was going to be, still defining itself. They chipped out some kind of life from the dirt and mountains and desert. They left tracks in our sand.

The history of the Basque in the West lives across the generations. From Pete Cenarrusa, through the Bieters and into the future through the children. Watch West of the Basque, see how the arrival of these immigrants helped bring a vibrant layer to the rich tapestry of Idaho.

Producer Jim Peck and Director Alan Austin visited the Basque country in 2004 for West of the Basque. While there, Jim wrote a series of pieces for the Idaho Statesman and Idahoptv.

Click on the link below for information and interviews.

For More Information: http://idahoptv.org/productions/westofthebasque/index.cfm

Contact: John Bieter (johnb@cenarrusa.org)


Past News Releases & Updates

Cenarrusa - Bizkaia Talent Leadership Program
Release Date: 2/22/2016

Cenarrusa Board Declaration on Pete's Death
Release Date: 10/1/2013

Pete Honored as House Passes Joint Memorial 14
Release Date: 3/22/2012

Free Basque Geneology Workshop
Release Date: 9/21/2011

Old Europe, Pioneer West & Idaho-Bizkaian Compared
Release Date: 8/6/2011

An Invitation to Basque Cuisine
Release Date: 5/16/2011

Cenarrusa Papers Dedicated
Release Date: 11/20/2009

Lamb Barbeque Success featured on EuskoSare
Release Date: 9/17/2008

U of I gifts Basque Collection to Boise State
Release Date: 7/1/2008

Cenarrusa Foundation Sponsors Museum Dedication
Release Date: 6/1/2008

Basque Center Expansion Update
Release Date: 5/22/2008

Pete & Patty featured in U of Idaho magazine
Release Date: 3/5/2008

A Proposal to Transform the Basque Conflict
Release Date: 1/23/2008

3rd Annual Family Style BBQ Next Weekend
Release Date: 8/15/2007

Basque Cultural Expert Visits BSU
Release Date: 10/23/2006

Trees tell of Basque Culture
Release Date: 8/4/2006

Basque License Plates Available
Release Date: 3/3/2006

Boise State and the Basque Government Sign Pact
Release Date: 7/27/2005

2005 Jaialdi Symposium
Release Date: 6/30/2005

2005 Arborglyph Study Set
Release Date: 5/1/2005

"West of the Basques" Documentary
Release Date: 3/15/2005

Pete & Freda's Family Style Lamb Barbecue
Release Date: 8/25/2004

Basque Dance & Old World Culture
Release Date: 7/9/2004

Minister of Culture Visit
Release Date: 5/28/2004

Basque Minister of Justice visits Boise
Release Date: 1/22/2004



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