Chronicler: Ignazio Olarreaga

Interviewer: Miel Elustondo

Location: Sparks, Reno, Nevada

Date: 05.28.95

Track 1

Duration: 00:31:15

Language: Answers in Spanish and Basque, Questions in Basque

 

Indexes and translation by Kate Camino and Pedro J. Oiarzabal

Sound byte files by Pedro J. Oiarzabal

 

00:00:01     He talks about the game of “cestapunta” and a player called Abasolo from Zaragoza, Spain.

00:01:31     He talks about a group of Basques in Italy.

00:02:00     He remembers when he used to go to the mountains back home to feed the animals (pigs).

00:03:00     Most of the time he was playing pelota or selling coal, so he did not have much time to socialize.

00:03:29     They talk about the Spanish learnt in Cuba, different from the one from Mexico. He talks about the Euskara that he knew and the one that the people speak now, and the different dialects between the Euskara from Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa and Nafarroa.

00:07:42     He talks about the book “Los vascos en America”.


Chronicler: Ignazio Olarreaga

Interviewer: Miel Elustondo

Location: Sparks, Reno, Nevada

Date: 05.28.95

Track 1

Duration: 00:31:15

Language: Answers in Spanish and Basque, Questions in Basque

 

00:00:08     He explains the nickname of “Iggy” (short for Ignazio). He believes that anyone with work must be happy. He lives in Sparks, Reno, Nevada.

00:02:17    He talks about the languages that he has to learn during his life; Basque, Spanish and then Italian and afterwards he went to Cuba, and from there to the US, where he learnt English.

00:02:48     He is asked about spelling of names and places.

00:05:41     He talks about Cuba, Fidel Castro’s regime and the relation with the Restaurant Centro Vasco, owned by Juanito Saizarvitoria, where Tomas Arrizabalaga worked as the chef, who later married the daughter of Atano III.

                  There he met Fidel, Che Guevara etc. He worked also in the kitchen sometimes. He talks about the political situation with Batista, but the revolution did not improve the situation.

00:08:52     Juanito provided him with free food and accommodation while he was in Cuba.