Mus and Ladies' Night in Los Banos
The Los Banos Basque Club will host its annual Mus Tournament on Saturday March 2nd at the Los Banos Fairgrounds, located at 4th and H Streets. Registration will take place at 8am with play beginning at 9am. A traditional lunch will be served including tripota and lukainka at noon. Later that night, the Ladies’ Night Party will begin at 6pm with cocktails followed by dinner. There will also be Basque dance performances and a raffle. To learn more about the club and its activities, visit them on Facebook.
Film of the Month
The NABO Filmategi is featuring Asier eta Biok (Asier and I) as the February Movie of the Month. Directed by Amaia and Aitor Merino, the film tells the story of two friends who grew up together in the Basque Country but ended up going down very different paths. To watch the trailer, click here. To learn more about other films in the catalog, click here.
Alan King (1954-2019) Goian Bego
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Alan King’s death. Alan Roy King (1954-2019) was born in England, but became one of the most respected references of the Basque language. He authored The Basque Language: A Practical Introduction published by the University of Nevada Press, at the time, one of the only texts available for English speakers to learn Basque. His second Basque grammar, Colloquial Basque, coauthored with Begotxu Olaizola, provided a much more practical approach to the language, again for English speakers, as his first grammar often proved to be too complicated for the beginning Basque student due to its heavy linguistic content. This was because Alan was a linguist, and a renowned one at that. Besides Basque, he also knew Galician, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Lenca, Nawat, Welsh, and Yiddish among others. Alan didn’t just learn a language to get to know more about the culture, but he did so inside and out allowing him to become a staunch defender of the rights of each. Alan’s CV in regard to the Basque language is extensive; however, his CV in regard to other languages is just as impressive. I believe his friend Jose Miguel said it best, “The world today has lost not only a colossal linguist but a beautiful human being. Tireless fighter for the minority languages of the world and for the rights of its speakers. He was a consummate polyglot, author, pedagogue and lecturer model. Anglo-Jewish of origin, but as Basque and as Salvadoran of heart as most. Social activist and indigenist, but above all friend of his friends and devoted relative. The greatest linguist I have had the honor of meeting in person up to now. It will be very difficult to fill the gap that you leave us. Wales, Euskal Herria, Catalunya, Salvador, Honduras, Hawaii, a little bit of Colombia, along with the whole polyglot world community we cry.”
On behalf of everyone at N.A.B.O. we extend our condolences to his daughter Maier, mother Celia, and brother Selwyn and family. Goian Bego.