Nancy Zubiri, Jaialdi: A Celebration of Basque Culture

Join us for a reading with Nancy Zubiri, author of Jaialdi: A Celebration of Basque Culture.

First held in 1987, Jaialdi is the United States’s largest Basque festival and takes place in Boise every five years. Through vivid photography and a recounting of personal interviews with event founders and organizers, Jaialdi: A Celebration of Basque Culture provides a stunning account of how the ancient traditions of these industrious people are showcased through the activities and events of Jaialdi. 

Organized and staffed entirely by volunteers, Jaialdi attracts 35,000 to 50,000 visitors from around the world. Attendees enjoy festivities featuring Basque culture, including dancing, music, food, and competitive feats of strength. Photographer Jon C. Hodgson captures the spirit and merriment of the festival in vivid detail, taking readers on a journey into the heart of Basque culture. Coupled with author Nancy Zubiri’s observations from her own attendance at nearly every Jaialdi since 1987, the book reveals how Boise’s Basque community has committed to host the festival and why the celebration remains so popular today. 

The Basque diaspora to the United States began in the late 1800s when these determined immigrants came seeking a new life filled with opportunities. Many were sheepherders who adapted to American life while maintaining their ties to the traditions of the Basque Country. Jaialdi: A Celebration of Basque Culture illuminates how this festival honors these traditions and captures the essence of the ancient Basque people, who are preserving their heritage while embracing life in the twenty-first-century West.

Nancy Zubiri is an author and journalist who has written about Basque culture for more than two decades. She is the editor of, which focuses on Basque culture, people, and Basque-American events. Her interest in the Basque community came from her father, who immigrated from the Basque town of Aldudes. She is the author of A Travel Guide to Basque America: Families, Feasts, and Festivals.

Event date: 
Sunday, July 17, 2022 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
Jaialdi: A Celebration of Basque Culture (The Basque Series) By Nancy Zubiri, Jon C. Hodgson (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Nancy Zubiri, Jon C. Hodgson (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781647790530
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Published: University of Nevada Press - June 15th, 2022