Jerry Vane

A truly remarkable destination.

2126 S.W. Halsey St.
Troutdale, OR 97060

Local: (503) 669-8610
Elsewhere: (800) 669-8610


Sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society

‘We Were Not Tramp Sheepmen’: Joe Odiaga and the Oregon-Idaho Biskaian Basque Community, 1890–1946

Oregon Encyclopedia History Night

presented by Kevin D. Hatfield, Ph.D.

  • 6:30 p.m. |
  • Free; seating is limited, arrive early! |
  • All ages welcome

About ‘We Were Not Tramp Sheepmen’: Joe Odiaga and the Oregon-Idaho Biskaian Basque Community, 1890–1946

Odiaga FamilyPresented by Kevin D. Hatfield, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Oregon.

The story of how Joe Odiaga, "the Basque Patrick Henry" in the opinion of his fellow Biskaian Basque immigrants, creatively resisted expulsion from their traditional gazing grounds by the federal government during New Deal, and helped illuminate the identity and place of the Amerikanuak (Basque Americans) in Oregon.

About the Speaker

Hatfield is a fifth-generation Oregonian and Double-Duck - an alum and employee of the University of Oregon who currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor with the Department of History and Robert D. Clark Honors College. He specializes in American West, environment, and immigration, with a particular emphasis on the social and legal history of race, property, and community.  

Much of his research and scholarship has examined identity, resistance, and community in the Nampa Triangle Basques of eastern Oregon, Western Idaho, and northern Nevada. Kevin has served on the advisory board of the International Basque Studies Consortium, and published the article, "'We Were Not Tramp Sheepmen': Joe Odiaga and Acculturation, Resistance, and Identity in the Biskaian Basque Community, 1890-1946," as part of the Winter 2009 thematic issue of the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly compiling a set of essays on Basque Environmental History. 

He continues to work closely with the Basque community to collect oral histories and develop a documentary film and possibly feature film inspired by his research with the working title of Bedarra (Grass). A dramatic reading of the screenplay, authored by director and writer Doug Copsey, was performed by the actors of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and local Basque community members in September 2011.

About Oregon Encyclopedia History Night


The Oregon Encyclopedia hosts a series of History Nights in collaboration with McMenamins pubs. Come join us for an enlightening evening of history, served up with food and a pint or two of good beer, and find out more about the history and culture of our state from OE authors. Bring your encyclopedia-worthy Oregon stories to share with the OE Editors-in-Chief.

Oregon Encyclopedia website:
Map & Directions
Tags for this Event:
Events > History Movie Types > All Ages Property > Edgefield

Related content (tags):