This article examines the social and economic underpinnings of creating a place for descendants of Basque immigrants by the use of the Basque Block in downtown Boise, Idaho. In the past, unlike other immigrant groups in the United States, Basques lacked the desire to assimilate into the U.S. and remained relatively invisible. Simultaneously, they created subtle ethnic communities and maintained transnational sociospatial ties with Basque Provinces in Europe. Today, these transnational ties are stronger, which has profoundly influenced the creation of the Basque Block. The Basques strive to maintain their heritage landscapes to retain their cultural identity and educate present and future generations about their unique legacy. Furthermore, the local community in Boise has recently marketed their heritage landscapes to attract tourists and bring attention to this “invisible” ethnic group. This article explores the challenges and opportunities brought on by the production of an ethnic heritage site.
"Production of Heritage: The Basque Block in Boise, Idaho,"
BOGA: Basque Studies Consortium Journal: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/boga/vol1/iss2/3