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The exhibition John Etchart and the Basque Legacy in Montana is curated by historian Iker Saitua.


Iker Saitua is a Basque Government Postdoctoral Fellow in history at the University of California, Riverside. Saitua received his PhD from University of Nevada, Reno in 2016. Later, he presented his dissertation at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) that received summa cum laude honors in history. Born and raised in the Basque Country, Saitua earned his BA in history from UPV/EHU in 2010 before obtaining an MA degree in history, an MA degree in secondary education, and his two PhD degrees.


Saitua’s specialties concern immigration, labor, livestock grazing, international relations, and the American West. His work has focused largely on the intersections between agricultural labor, natural resources, and livestock raising. He is an expert on Basque immigration and the sheep industry of the West.


Saitua is the author of Basque Immigrants and Nevada’s Sheep Industry: Geopolitics and the Making of an Agricultural Workforce, 1880-1954 (University of Nevada Press, 2019).

Dr. Saitua can be reached by email here.


The exhibition is sponsored by the Montana History Foundation.

The Montana History Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that raises money and provides funding for history and preservation projects across Montana. 

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