Students and teachers of Basque studies celebrate Korrika 2022
The Languages and Cultures students of Basque Studies, along with Nere Lete and Ziortza Gandarias Beldarrain from the Department of World Languages, participated in the World Korrika 2022 by organizing their own event on campus. Korrika, which means “to run” in the Basque language, is a 10-day event organized by the Alfabetatze Euskalduntze Koordinakundea (Basque Literacy and Language Teaching Collective). The event aims to raise funds to support the teaching of the Basque language but also encourages all speakers of the language to recommit to Basque, a less taught and minoritized language.
Thousands of runners of all ages from the Basque Country and the Basque Diaspora run one-kilometre-long relays in a popular race that winds through the Basque Country for more than 1,242 kilometres. A designated runner, most often representing a group favorable to the Basque language, carries the lekukoa (stick) which is passed from hand to hand symbolizing the Basque language as a collective heritage. In addition to Boise State, other universities and cities outside the Basque Country have joined the initiative.
Interviews with Lete and Gandarias Beldarrain have been published in the Berria newspaper and the NAIZ radio, media of the Basque Country.