Basque Exhibition at Smithsonian Folk Festival

 Collection — Box: BSQAP0448
Identifier: BAQ089

Scope and Contents

BSQAP 0448

-Six tree carvings photographs.

-Pamphlets describing events of the festival.

-Festival money tickets.

-Typical Basque fisher's neckerchief.

-Newspaper tourism pamphlet of Basque Country.

- Copy of The Washington Post newspaper from June 26, 2016.

-Supplement regarding Basque Exhibition at Smithsonian Folk Festival.


  • 2016

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used in-site.

Biographical / Historical

During June and July 2016, the Smithsonian Museum’s Folklife Festival focused on the Basque culture. They featured musicians, dancers, cooks, artisans, and language experts who explored themes of cultural sustainability, identity and migration. To that end, the program also included significant participation of people of Basque descent living throughout the United States.

Visitors to the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival explored the Basque Country’s unique language and distinct cultural heritage. It was located on the National Mall, between Fourth and Seventh streets, adjacent to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Admission to the Festival was free, and hours were from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with special evening events beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Festival was co-sponsored by the Regional Government of Biscay and presented in partnership with the National Park Service.

The program was curated by cultural and linguistic revitalization specialist Mary Linn and folklorist and ethnomusicologist Cristina Díaz-Carrera.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, inaugurated in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

The Basque Library and the Center for Basque Studies took part in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2016.


NEWSDESK. NEWSROOM OF THE SMITHSONIAN. Smithsonian Showcases Basque Culture at the 2016 Folklife Festival [Online]


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Basque items related to the Basque Exhibition at Smithsonian Folk Festival, such as pamphlets, posters, photographs of tree carving and typical Basque fisher's neckerchief.

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Jon Bilbao Basque Library Poster Collection owns numerous posters showed during the Smithsonian Folk Festival.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Jon Bilbao Basque Library Repository

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