Hi: Peter Grimes user sent my a notification some days ago asking for an Ask a Basque thread, so here we are. First of all, please consider that English is not my native language, so probably I will have dificulties to answer some questions If anyone does not know yet what a basque is, there is a lot of stuff in wikipedia and here is a brief explanation. We are a ethnic or cultural minority in north of spain and south of France. If we consither that ethnic minorities must have racial diferences, we probably will have to say that we are just a cultural minority. There are thousands of Basque descendants among USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and the whole America continent. There are a lot of Basques in Philiphines as well. We have our own language, Basque, which is spoken by about one million people, although it is considered about 600,000 native speakers and allmost all of us speak Spanish or French as well. In Spain we are spread in the region of Basque country and region of Navarre, and in Navarre in the region of French Basque Country, in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques Basque people have never had our own state, however some historians consider that in Kingdom of Navarre there was a mayority of Basque speaking people. Nowadays there is some kind of controversy with this issue as, some people in the region of Navarre don't consider themself as basques, I would like to avoid this kind of controversy in the Thread, in fact, in Basque Language (Euskera or Euskara), the word for Basque People is Euskaldun, which literally means owner of basque languaje. And it is a fact that in Navarre Basque language is in minority. Nowadays, surely, most people who have heard about us it is unfortunatelly because of the independence movement and because of E.T.A. (I absolutely blame E.T.A.). Please consider that political and terrorism questions may result controversial. Any question will be wellcome, I will try to answer all of them, however I wont answer questions mixing the concept of E.T.A. with basque people or pacific independence movemets.