Wild mushrooms in the cultural landscape of the Pyrenees

Before permanently settling down, a nomadic hunter-gatherer system of living and working prevailed in many communities. In the Pyrenees seasonal migratory movement of transhumant herders with their livestock from the bottom of the valleys to mountain heights and from there to the banks of Ebro River still remains as a fading vestige of a former … More Wild mushrooms in the cultural landscape of the Pyrenees

‘Sasi-ardia’: a semi-feral breed of sheep

Sheep-breeding was in full swing in the last decades of the 19th century. A newly created Ministry of Agriculture was responsible for developing the sector. It was then that the identification of local breeds started. Although by the beginning of the 20th century a large portion of the summer pastures in Lapurdi had fallen into … More ‘Sasi-ardia’: a semi-feral breed of sheep

Honour and defence of the family

Protection of the family’s good name and respect for the memory of forebears are traditionally instilled values. Blood relations stand by each other in the face of third parties, accusations and reprimands being reserved to the private sphere but never aired. Offences given to an individual would affect the family and concern all consanguineous relatives. … More Honour and defence of the family

Holy Cross Friday

Two feasts dedicated to the Holy Cross mark the most intense period of agricultural work in the traditional calendar. On May 3, the Finding of the Holy Cross, blessed hazel crosses were planted in the newly cultivated fields for protection. Crop harvest began five months later, on September 14, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, … More Holy Cross Friday