Last month, BSU History Professor John Bieter led a group of students into the hills of Sun Valley to document the arborglyphs, or tree carvings, made by Basque sheepherders during the 19th century. I run into him the other day at the Basque Center, after the Mayor’s “Dave Bieter for Boise Campaign Kickoff” (which, unfortunately, I missed), and I took the opportunity to get John’s impression of the trip.
“It was a wonderful trip”, John said, “beautiful weather, plentiful arborglyphs to record, and an especially nice group of students to work with. We recorded nearly 200 glyphs with a wide variety. Dr. Dave Lachiondo provided some musical entertainment which was the highlight of Wednesday evening. Enjoyed by all. Next year we plan to return in September and continue our work.”
I was glad to hear that last part. I had given some thought to joining the group in August, but in the end I couldn’t swing it.
If you are interested in participating next year, these are the details regarding lodging and food for the week-long trip. The group goes camping (planning is a group effort), and then everyone contributes $20-$25 to buy food. John says his friend Earle Swope is a very good cook and does a great job of feeding the group. If camping is not your favorite, there is an option to stay in a hotel, at your own expense.
Feel free to get in touch with Professor Bieter should you need additional information.
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