Living Memory, Living Heritage Project of the Basque Diaspora, 2014-16. United States and Canada, the first research project of the Jon Bilbao Chair (Etxepare Basque Institute-University of Nevada-Reno), which has been promoted by the General Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of the Basque Government, the Etxepare Basque Institute, the North American Basque Organizations Association (NABO) and the University of Deusto, has just kicked off. The project leader, Dr. and researcher at the University of Deusto Pedro J. Oiarzabal, has already begun to develop his on-site investigation job.
In Oiarzabal’s own words, the project undertakes an "urgent" work: to collect oral testimonies from the Basque diaspora in North America. In this task Basque communities will have direct involvement and a high prominence, and therefore in this first phase the researcher will teach this Summer several courses in the U.S. and Canada, in order to teach how to interview elderly people of the diaspora.
As the researcher explained to www.euskalkultura.com, they have already scheduled three workshops: in Montreal (Canada) on 8 and 10 July; in San Francisco (California, USA) on July 12; and in Bakersfield (California, USA) on 16 July. He also hopes to organize three or four workshops in other localities with Basque communities.
Photo: Peter J. Oiarzabal at the presentation of the Chair Jon Bilbao