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 Elko National Basque Festival, the Elkokoak exhibit will be a permanent showcase of our local Basque communities.

"Basques and Buckaroos": 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to Honor Basque Culture in the West

The 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will highlight special guests and programming honoring the contemporary heritage of Basques and Buckaroos. Often one in the same, many Basques came to the American West to work on sheep and cattle ranches as herders and buckaroos. Today, many Basque families successfully own and operate their own ranches and carry rich stories of immigration and adaptation. Among Basque communities overseas and in the American West, traditions of music, improvised poetry, literature, dance, foodways and more are flourishing. 

The Gathering will be 29 January through 3 February 2018 in Elko, NV. For the full schedule and ticketing, visit the Western Folklife Center page.

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