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ENCORE: Idaho's Basque Legacy Begins In The 19th Century

Members of Boise's Basque community.


This interview originally aired on May 28, 2019. 

Idaho has one of the largest Basque populations outside of Spain. The diaspora began in the late 19th century as Basque workers arrived in the region to work in the silver mines. 

The skillset expanded to included sheep herding. Today, more than 30,000 Basque Americans live in Southern Idaho. Basque community leader Dave Lachiondo shares his perspective on the legacy and traditions of Idaho's Basque population. 

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Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.