National Geographic : 1937 Oct
INauionai xeograpnic society 1inlay photograph by W. Robert Moore BERETS CLUSTER AROUND THE VILLAGE SQUARE AS MERRYMAKERS IN RED AND WHITECAVORT FOR FELLOW TOWNSMEN A gala day is this in the little Basque community of Hosta. Behind the raised dance platform, a wide-skirted woman looks on from her garden, while another householder peers out from an upstairs window (right). Performers are men, including thetwo giant "women" (opposite page). After clowning through town to the tune of wild, shrill music and rattling drums, the dancers jump up and down on the wooden stage. The "drum major" tosses his baton into the air and reaches out to catch it. Later the local poet will chant impromptu rhymes inthe strange Basque tongue.