Basque Hotel

Duration: 80 min & 60 min.
Year: 2011 / Co-produced with Basque Television ETB, TVE and IdahoPTV (USA). With collaboration from Basque Government
Synopsis: In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, large numbers of Basques immigrated to the United States in search of work. They came by boat to Ellis Island and from there, made their mark in the Far West. Leading wagon trains, they worked as ranch hands, panned for gold, and in most cases went to work as sheepherders. They assimilated into American society well, yet managed to hold on to their own identity. In pursuit of the American dream, naturally they needed a place to stay when they came down from the hills. There to meet their needs, Basque hotels and boarding houses began in various parts of the United States.