Basque Society, Language and Culture

1112 Words Jan 26th, 2018 5 Pages
The Basque people are a group of indigenous that claim the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains around the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain and southern France for thousands of years. Indigenous people are originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native. By analyzing and interpreting their language, communication, religion, transition to modernity, differences between french and spanish borders, and their history we will be able to better understand them. Throughout the years, advances in international thinking and action has been significant on indigenous rights and issues including the adoption to the UN declaration on rights of indigenous people in 2007.
There are several Basque provinces along the french and spanish border. Northern provinces include Labourd, Basse-Navarre, and Soule are in france, while the southern provinces are Navarra, Alava, Vizcaya, and Guipuzcoa which lie in spain (Ott 5). During the later half of the nineteenth century the Basque population was well over 1,000 people but currently consists of 376 people. Most people of this indigenous group like their forefathers are pastoralist and cultivate small farmlands scattered across the valley. . Although much of this tribes history is unverified it is said that they are…
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