Monday, May 2, 2016
Jose Migel Barandiaran Aierbe
Jose Migel Barandiaran Aierbe (1889 –1991), was a Basque anthropologist, ethnographer, and priest.
Soon after being ordained as a priest, he took up ethnographical studies of Basque culture and archaeology around 1916 in the Aralar Mountains. He carried out invaluable research into folk traditions and collecting accounts and tales related to Basque mythology.
During the civil war (1936), he escaped Franco’s Spain and took refuge in Sare (France), where he lived in exile for 15 years. In Sare he was easily adopted by the people of the village and never stopped his research.