ñimiNOKA teaches children and their parents simple Basque terminology and concepts through song from 11 a.m. to Noon on July 27. In this program, NOKA sings traditional Basque songs as well as those with original Basque-English lyrics with guitar played by Catherine Petrissans, accompanied by a multimedia presentation with images to scaffold the learning of the Basque terms. Begoña Echeverria has written lyrics to 30 songs to teach Basque vocabulary and concepts. She has used popular tunes such as “Old MacDonald” to teach Basque terms for animals; “de Colores” to teach color terms; and to teach the names of the seven Basque provinces, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
NOKA is composed of three women of Basque descent from Chino, California: Andréa Bidart, Begoña Echeverria, and Cathy Petrissans. NOKA sings contemporary and traditional Basque songs, with a special interest in those about women. NOKA is a familiar form of address, used only in speaking to women. It literally means to speak familiarly or informally to women, and was used throughout the Basque Country when addressing women or girls with whom one felt konfiantza (trust). Use of “noka” began to decline in the 19th century, though speakers from some small villages (many of whom immigrated to Chino) continue to use it.
ñimiNOKA is sponsored by the City of Sparks.