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Discussions & Special Sessions

DISCUSSIONS & SPECIAL SESSIONS

During the 34th Gathering, January 29-February 3, 2018, in addition to special topic dicussions, we offered several talks related to exhibitions as well as special Storytelling Sessions, all listed in order of first appearance.

TALKS, DISCUSSIONS & A CONVERSATION:

BASQUE ARBORGLYPHS OF THE GREAT BASIN
Thursday, February 1, 1:30-2:30pm, Black Box Theater, Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery
Friday, February 2, 9:30-10:30am, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room
For more than half a century, Jean and Phillip Earl of Reno used clues from old maps, letters, and books to hunt for and document “Mountain Picassos,” distinctive figures carved into aspen trees in the high country meadows of the Great Basin. Jean Earl takes you on an illustrated tour of their discoveries, carved by Basque sheepherders in the early to mid-20th century. This talk, and companion exhibition in the Wiegand Gallery, made possible with support from Nevada Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, with support from the National Endowment of Arts.

IMAGES OF THE BUCKAROO - ON THE RANCH AND IN THE ARENA            
Friday, February 2, 11:00am-12:00pm, Black Box Theater, Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery
Saturday, February 3, 12:30-1:30pm, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room
Mary Williams Hyde is one of the most prolific and respected photographers of working buckaroos of the Great Basin. She excels in action shots, whether in the rodeo arena or at ranch headquarters. Join her for a curated presentation of some of her favorite people and shots. Also view Mary’s work in the Wiegand Gallery and Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

VOICES OF BASQUES OF THE AMERICAN WEST     
Friday, February 2, 11:15am-12:15pm, Elko Convention Center Silver Room
Enjoy this literary journey into the Basque American West through readings by various writers and family members, lovingly selected from new publications and old favorites. Hosted by Daniel Montero, Publications Editor, Center for Basque Studies Press, University of Nevada, Reno.

ONE VOICE AND COMMUNITY AT A TIME – DOCUMENTING THE HISTORY OF BASQUES IN THE WEST
Friday, February 2, 12:00-1:00pm, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room
Saturday, February 3, 12:30-1:30pm, Black Box Theater, Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery
Basques have been a part of the tapestry of the West for well over 100 years. While most initially worked in the sheep industry, with changing times, families began to convert to cattle. Listen to selections of video interviews of men and women from McDermitt, Nevada, and the Oregon ranching communities of Jordan Valley and Arock, who grew up in the livestock industry and experienced challenges faced by first generation Americans and their immigrant parents or grandparents. The interviews are part of the Basque Museum & Cultural Center’s new initiative, the “Basque Community History Project.” Patty A. Miller, the project’s director, will add comments following the audio/visual program.

AMERICA'S DEAL: A NEW BASQUE HOME ON THE RANGE
Friday, February 2, 1:00-2:00pm, Elko Convention Center Turquoise Room
Elko native and well-known Basque-American author, Vince J. Juaristi, draws on his own family stories of immigration to highlight key events that paved the way for hundreds of Basque to settle in the U.S. during the 1940s and 1950s. Presented in collaboration with Great Basin College. Sponsored by Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

IN SEARCH OF TREE CARVINGS; FROM THE SIERRA THROUGH THE GREAT BASIN
Friday, February 2, 1:00-2:00pm, Black Box Theater, Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery
Saturday, February 3, 9:30-10:30am, Black Box Theater, Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery
Nancy Hadlock and Richard Potashin present the results of their efforts to document and preserve an ephemeral resource; a history written on aspen trees by mostly Basque sheepherders. For nearly 15 years, retired national park rangers Nancy and Richard have documented hundreds of tree carvings found throughout the Eastern Sierra and Great Basin.

NATIVE AMERICAN CUISINE AND CULINARY CULTURE
Friday, February 2, 2:15-3:15pm, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room
White Mountain Apache/Navajo executive chef Nephi Craig provides a culinary overview to better understand the state of indigenous food culture. Along this culinary journey, Nephi will demonstrate the making of Winter Three Sisters, a dish of preserved corn, winter squash, Anasazi Beans and Tepary Beans. Sponsored by Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

DOMINIQUE LAXALT, AN IRON MAN WHO STARTED IN A WOODEN WAGON     
Friday, February 2, 3:30-4:30pm, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room
Dominique Laxalt’s life exemplifies the prototypical American-Basque experience—a story of independence, isolation and success. Following his two older brothers, he left his native land to seek economic opportunity in America. Historian Mike Fischer follows this inspirational tale beginning in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, through the mountains and deserts of Nevada and California to his final days in Carson City. Sponsored by Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

BASQUE BOOK CLUB                  
Saturday, February 3, 8:30-9:30am, Elko County Library Meeting Room
Grab a cup of coffee and join in the discussion of Sweet Promised Land by Robert Laxalt. In telling the warm story of his father, Laxalt paints a beautiful portrait of the Basque-American sheepherding family that connects to stories of immigration everywhere in the United States. Sara Velez Mallea, former editor for the University of Nevada Press, leads this book discussion.

CONVERSATION: KEEPING THE RANCH IN THE FAMILY     
Saturday, February 2, 9:30-10:45am, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room
In 2018, the Trigg family celebrates their 100th year of ranching in northeastern New Mexico. Family members will share how they have creatively drawn on individual skills and interests to ensure a strong future for the ranch. Questions of "who's in charge," the role of the ranch manager and of the Trigg Ranch board; how decisions are made; and how extended members of the family interact with the ranch, are among the topics of this conversation. Please bring your questions. Presented in collaboration with the Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group. Sponsored by Timken-Sturgis Foundation.

BASQUE SHEEPHERDERS – THE END OF AN ERA     
Saturday, February 3, 1:45-3:00pm, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room
Join Cathy McAdoo as she shares her and late husband Kent's first-hand experience of living and working with Basque herders for 13 months in northern Nevada during the 1970s. Through a photo presentation, Cathy and her son Caleb will describe each season in sheep camp, from lambing to summer range, the fall trail, winter range on the desert, to trailing back to the lambing area in the spring. They will share colorful sheep camp stories as they celebrate life among the Basque and remind us of how this culture has left an indelibel imprint on the West.

STORYTELLING SESSIONS

BASQUE SHEEPHERDING AND RANCHING STORIES
Stories of immigration, herding, ranching, boarding houses and more from: Frank Bidart (Bidart/Montero Ranch, north of Winnemucca, NV); Jesus Goñi (Reno, NV); Bob and Mitch Heguy (Charleston/Elko, NV); Rose Oxarango, daughter of  “Buckaroo Pete” Barinaga (Lee,NV/Boise,ID); rancher Pete Paris (Lee, NV); retired herders and Elko area businessmen Jess Lopategui and Ramon Zugazaga; and others - not all storytellers will participate in all sessions. Hosts for these sessions are Anita Franzoia and Joxe Mallea. 

SHEEPHERDING STORIES FROM THE BASQUE WEST
Thursday, 10:45am-12:15pm, Elko Convention Center Turquoise Room

STORIES FROM BASQUE RANCH COUNTRY
Friday, 9:30-11:00am, Elko Convention Center Turquoise Room
Saturday, 9:30-10:45am, Western Folklife Center G Three Bar Theater

BUCKAROO STORIES
Despite the great distances between ranches in northern Nevada, many of these cowboys have worked with each other at one time or another. Tales of pranks, jokes, wrecks, heroes, and horses will surely abound. Session participation will vary: meet such storytellers as Shoshone-Paiute buckaroo Joe Blossom (Owyhee/Lee, NV); retired YP Ranch cowboss Jerry Chapin (Battle Mountain, NV); cowboy/cowboss/ranch manager Doug Groves (IL, YP and TS ranches); and buckaroo/packer Ross Knox. Ted Howard, buckaroo and cultural specialist for the Duck Valley Indian tribe, Owyhee, NV, serves as wrangler and host.

STORIES FROM BUCKAROO COUNTRY
Friday, February 2, 1:00-2:15pm, Western Folklife Center G Three Bar Theater

BUCKAROO STORIES
Saturday, February 3, 11:45am-1:00pm, Elko Convention Center Turquoise Room

A GLIMPSE INTO THE LETTERS OF C.M. RUSSELL, CONTINUED     
Saturday, February 3, 3:15-4:30pm, Turquoise Room, Elko Convention Center
Following last year's continuing Gathering presentation, Randy Rieman digs deeper into the wit, wisdom and Western humor of cowboy artist Charles M. Russell, focusing on his cowboy friends and reading from his California letters.