Ikurriña: 120 years later
The flag is Ikurriña Basques and was designed by Luis Sabino Arana and siblings and first hoisted in the inaugural Batzoki in Bilbao, one day of the year July 14 1894. Responsible for doing so was Iturri Cariaco, a Carlist old, who was convinced by Sabino Arana new nationalist ideas. The width of the crosses was, as will point the Arana: ten inches, is a flag with red outer bands of forty inches each, two other interior 10cm green and white in the middle of twenty inches.
There are many explanations of the origin and design of the Basque flag (Ikurriña), but the simplest is as follows: red represents the People, the green to the Laws, and which is white above all to God.
In principle the flag was only for Bizkaia (one of the seven Basque Provinces) and thus placed the Arana brothers. Remarkably, Sabino Arana perish in the year 1903, and subsequently in the General Assembly of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV), the presiding Ikurriña it. At this point, the ikurriña had already been taken by another herrialde Basque: Gipuzkoa. These were the years of the expansion of the Basque flag, which gradually was adopted in all Basque Herrialdes.
The first Basque government of José Antonio Aguirre and Lekube (1936-1937), officially recognize the Basque flag, next to the anthem and coat. When the civil war ended, the Ikurriña was banned by the Franco regime, and therefore who will risk flying lay down his life, in this patriotic action. In our country Argentina, the Ikurriña waved a stay of Maipú (Buenos Aires), since 1903 with Argentina flag. Our Homes Basque diaspora support the unique Basque flag Ikurriña as taught by Argentina, in the belief that the Basques are a nation and we have our right to self-determination. - It is good to remember that although scientifically Basques inhabit the Provinces for more than 7,000 years ago, the only Ikurriña waves in our Basque country for 120 years. The Basque flag (Ikurriña) has been banned on several occasions in an attempt to steamroll the distinguishing marks of our Nation.
Even today, in the XXI century, citing the "Law of Symbols", the Central Government prohibits the Ikurriña flutter freely in the balconies of Basque municipalities and other institutions. In this sense, as a tribute to all those who gave their lives for the Basque flag, we must redouble our militant efforts to ensure that our people-nation, can crystallize their sovereign rights and thus ensure that Basque our flag, can flaming in every place of our homeland and the Diaspora, sheltered by the winds of freedom, crossing from the times, our country, the Basque Country.
Prof. César Arrondo Stateless Nations Observatory (ONSE) National University of La Plata / Argentina
Memoria Bizia is a community-based project in which different Basque and non-Basque individuals and communities throughout the US and Canada participate in collecting and preserving the memories of their elder Basque members and descendants by audio/video recording interviews, following the same guidelines and protocols.
We are organizing a training workshop for anyone interested in participating in the project. This will take place August 1st at 1pm at the University of Nevada, Reno.
If you are unable to attend the Reno training. We will be broadcasting the training session to the Great Basin College campus in Elko, NV.
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April 6th, 2014
Thank you to everyone who came to our lunch today. Also, a big thank you to the guys who laid out the sod. The club is really looking nice! Here are some photos.