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English AP Assignment. The Basque Society: Culture, Conflict, Conspiracy

English AP Assignment. The Basque Society: Culture, Conflict, Conspiracy

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  • 1. The Basque SocietyCulture, Conflict, and Conspiracy
  • 2. The Basics of the Basques✤ Basque Country: areas of Spain and France.✤ Two main religions.✤ Shipbuilders and small-plot farmers.✤ Fiercely independent and extremely original.
  • 3. A (Very) Brief History Lesson✤ First city was founded by the Romans.✤ Spanish Civil War: General Francisco Franco takes over Spain’s government.✤ Basque individuals affected: unable to use native language.✤ Always been known for being genetically original.
  • 4. Facts on the Basques✤ Crew to America and Captain around the world.✤ Nafaroa, Gipuzkoa, Bizkaia, Araba, Lapurdi, Benafaroa, and Zuberoa: Seven Wonders of the Bay of Biscay.✤ Iowa has a community with 30,000 Basque individuals, which is the most densely populated group outside of Basque Country.
  • 5. Pictures of Basque Country✤ http://t2.gstatic.com/images? q=tbn:ANd9GcTZoC6hhEARcLvUpHERquRWoxKTqiBOUyFKNDYT PjzWl9QwFqKZqg✤ http://www.indigoguide.co.uk/france/basquecountry.jpg
  • 6. Understanding the BasqueStruggle✤ Imagine American culture (hot dogs, Monday night football, etc).✤ Consider it took 400 years to develop this culture.✤ Basque Country has been here since the beginning of time and is still struggling.✤ What would you do if America’s culture started to decline?
  • 7. Culture Focus: Music✤ “Folksy” music.✤ Original instruments: Alboka✤ Can be found singing in the streets.✤ Dances: Can you do the Fandango?✤ Berri Txarrak.
  • 8. Here’s Some Berri Txarrak Music!✤ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cciUbKjX_Sw&feature=related
  • 9. Euskara: The Language of theBasques✤ Native tongue of those in Basque Country.✤ Considered to be one of the first languages in the world.✤ Spoken in tribes (according to Roman records).✤ Not linked to any other Indo-European language.✤ Almost eradicated.
  • 10. Euskara vs. English Euskara EnglishEmakumeak Ladies/WomenBazkaria LunchJatetxea Restaurant
  • 11. The ETA: Political Strife inBasque Country✤ Fight over independence.✤ Extreme individuals founded the ETA organization.✤ Violent measures taken.✤ International terrorist group.✤ Four cease-fires.✤ Memberships decreasing: police take notice.
  • 12. Conspiracies about the Basques✤ The Rhesus factor.✤ Blood types.✤ Considered by some to be the “missing link” between modern-day humans and Neanderthals.✤ Some think the Rh factor means the Basques are extraterrestrial creatures.
  • 13. Preserving Their Culture✤ Re-painting boats.✤ “Improvised poetry.”✤ Euskara used on television, radio programs, and in newspapers.✤ Staying independent.
  • 14. Picture Citations:✤ Basque Country. N.d. Photograph. Indigo GuideWeb. 14 May 2012. <http://www.indigoguide.co.uk/france/ basque-country.htm>.✤ La Tranquilidad de Zumania. 2008. Photograph. TripAdvisorWeb. 14 May 2012.