Elkokoak: The Basques of Elko

Elkokoak The Basques of Elko

The Virtual Humanities Center at Great Basin College is proud to present this growing collection of materials representing northeastern Nevada's rich Basque heritage. Originally designed in conjunction with the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival "Innovation by Culture" tribute to Basque-Americans and the 2016 Elko National Basque Festival (celebrating 53 years!), the Elkokoak exhibit will be a permanent showcase of our local Basque communities.

Juaristi's Basque Firsts: People Who Changed the World 
now available

Basque Firsts Book CoverVince J. Juaristi's latest book profiles seven Basques who became the first in their fields and by their efforts helped redefine the human experience. Juaristi's profiles range from Juan Sebastían Elcano, the first person to circumnavigate the earth, to female mountineer Edurne Pasaban to former Nevada governor Paul Laxalt and Jesuit founder St. Ignatius of Loyola.

U.S. Representative Dina Titus (NV-1) has praised the work and its profiles, particularly for Juaristi's placing "their various feats within the context of commonly held Basque values and traditions."

Vince J. JuaristiThe book is now available from the University of Nevada Press. 

Mr. Juaristi will be generously donating the proceeds from the book to support Great Basin College scholarships. 

Mr. Juaristi's Intertwined articles on Basque-American relations can be read here.

Basque Dancers of the Great Basin help celebrate "Basque: Innovation by Culture"
Smithsonian Institute 2016 Folklife Festival 

Elko Arinak DancerThe 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival concluded on 7-10 July with a celebration of Basque culture in the United States, entitled "Basque: Innovation by Culture."

The Basque Dancers of the Great Basin, a joint troupe of members of the Elko Ariñak Dancers and the Ruby Mountain Ardi Baltza dance group of Lamoille, Nevada, were invited to participate in the Smithsonian Institution's 2016 Folklife Festival celebrating Basque Culture in the United States. Presenting an exciting blend of traditional Basque and modern dance, the Dancers were a hit at the Festival in Washington, D.C.


Sandoval Proclamation Honoring Basque HeritageGov. Sandoval Proclaims 29 June 2016
Day in Honor of "Basque Heritage and Culture in Nevada"

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has issued a proclamation naming 29 June 2016 as a day in honor of "Basque Heritage and Culture in Nevada."

The proclamation, issued 24 May 2016, cites the vital roles played by Basque communities and individuals "in shaping the growth and success of the Silver State, with recognition of the remarkable place Basque culture, history, and heritage continues to occupy in the Nevada character." The Basque community's continued celebration of its identity is also praised by Governor Sandoval.

For exhibit information, contact Scott A. Gavorsky (scott.gavorsky@gbcnv.edu)

The "Elkokoak: The Basques of Elko" Exhibit is a joint project of

Great Basin CollegeVirtual Humanities Center at Great Basin CollegeNortheastern Nevada Museum

This exhibit has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibit do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Great Basin College; Elko Euzkaldunak Club; Vince J. Juaristi; Northeastern Nevada Museum