Boise State University alumni Meggan Laxalt Mackey, (Bachelor of Arts in History, 2013, and Masters of Applied Historical Research in History – 2015) has published a new book through the University of Nevada, Reno’s Center for Basque Studies, Lekuak: The Basque Places of Boise, Idaho.
Lekuak, meaning “places” in Basque, is a cultural journey through the places that generations of Basques in Boise have created and maintained for many generations. The book’s dust jacket explains further:
Lekuak is a cultural journey through Boise, Idaho from a unique perspective: that of the indelible mark Basque immigrants from Euskal Herria, the Basque Country, and their descendants, have made on the city. This journey is not only through parts of the city’s landscape, but also through generations past, present, and future. Lekuak means “places” in the Basque language. It traces how Basque places in Boise reflect the transformation of ethnic identity through successive generations. Today, the Basque places of Boise still remarkably represent Old World values that the first generation of immigrants from the Basque Country brought with them. These unique Basque places reveal at least one common thread: the Basque community or neighborhood, the auzoa. In the Old World, maintenance of an auzoa was highly dependent upon communal work, or auzolan. This principle helped Basque immigrants resettle their lives in new places, or “new soil,”and continues into today.
Includes full-color photos, maps, Basque timeline, and more. Lekuak was designed by the author.
Meggan’s graduate work in Boise State’s history program focused on Basque places through multiple generations in Boise, Idaho, which was the foundation for this book. She also designed the book. Meggan is a third-generation French Basque, born and raised in Nevada. Her grandparents Dominique and Therese Laxalt immigrated to the U.S. from the Iparralde villages of Tardets (Atharratze-Sorholüze, Zuberoa) and Guermiette (Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry, Nafarroa Beherea). A 30-year resident of Idaho, Meggan has taught for Boise State University’s University Foundations, and currently teaches Basque Studies workshops for Boise State’s Basque Studies. She currently owns Studio M Publications & Design, a small creative services studio in Star, Idaho.