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The World's largest celebration of Basque culture—in Boise.

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The block boasts a museum that’s chockfull of mementos and pictures relating to the Basque boarding houses and sheepherders that were once fairly prevalent in southern Idaho and southeast Oregon. It also houses the scuff-marked pelota court in the basement of the 1912 Anduiza Hotel.

But the music and the dancing are always the main attraction. That is evident among the delighted crowd at the festival, as members of the Oinkari Basque Dancers step up, snapping their fingers in the air, to perform the fandango, or the jota—a fast-stepping folk dance.

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