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Oinkari Basque Dancers perform at an Idaho festival
Oinkari Basque Dancers perform at an Idaho festival. Photo by Maria Carmen Gambliel. Part of the documentation in Idaho Local Legacies projects.


The American Folklife Center contains rich and varied materials from Idaho that document the diversity of the state's folk traditions. Among its unique recordings are music and folklore from a wide range of ethnic traditions, including Finnish, Basque, Hispanic, Japanese, and American Indian. The American Indian holdings include recordings of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, collected by Alice Fletcher, on the occasions of Chief Joseph's visits to Washington, D.C., in 1897 and 1900.


Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Idaho collections.

Local Legacies Collection: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View a list of Idaho's Local Legacies projects.

Veterans History Project: Browse state collections from the Veterans History Project.

Songs of America: Browse an interactive state map for selected songs from the American Folklife Center’s collections, as well as songs from the Library’s Music Division and Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.


Maria Carmen RA Gambliel: Basque Culture in the Western United States. Recorded at the Library of Congress, July 16, 2004. [event flyer]


Amuma Says No: Basque music from Idaho. Recorded at the Library of Congress, July 14, 2010. [event flyer] [webcast]

Additional Resources

Folklife Resources: Find state folklife-related agencies, societies, archives, higher education programs, and more, in Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United States.



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