ABOUT RICHARD LANE
"Anthropologist-photographer Richard Lane began photographing life in the sheep camps of northeastern Nevada in 1969. He dedicated himself to filming this disappearing way of life in all its complexity, including lambing, trailing, shearing, docking, shipping, and both winter and summer herding. It was apparent that the Basque herder's existence is finely attuned to changing seasons and circumstances — a natural rhythm that is played out in yearly cycle. Furthermore, this cycle differs from region to region (and even from outfit to outfit within a single area). Consequently, Lane extended his efforts to southern Idaho, Wyoming, and California's Central Valley."
William A. Douglass, 1985, Preface, Basque Sheepherders of the American West: A Photographic Documentary
The Basque Studies Library's Digital Collection is composed of images from a multitude of photographers showcasing the Basque Experience both in the American West and Europe.
We are pleased to share with you a small sampling from our photo archives that span from 1870 to the present. They include images of life in the Basque Country and the diaspora; sheepherding, arborglyphs, dancers, and Basque festivals in the American West; and important occasions in Nevada's history. Politics, art exhibits, games, restaurants, and monuments to family memories are also represented in the collection.